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“We feel so incredibly honored that the Plymouth-Canton Civitans chose to make this very generous donation to the Therapeutic Recreation program,” said Jennifer Provenzano, Recreation Coordinator. “We can't begin to express our gratitude to these deeply caring individuals who truly embody charity and good citizenship. We hope that others are as inspired by their acts of kindness as we are.”
The Civitans elected to make the donation after ambassadors from Canton Leisure Services spoke about the Therapeutic Recreation program during a Civitan meeting, and the group has also donated a rocking chair and gift cards for camp use.
Plymouth-Canton Civitan Treasurer/Secretary Kathy Turnquist called it a great opportunity to support an “awesome” community service. “This community is phenomenal when it comes to supporting those with special needs,” Turnquist said.
Camp A.B.L.E., which stands for Achieve, Believe, Learn and Experience, is one of several activities and services offered by Canton Township’s Therapeutic Recreation program. Therapeutic Recreation offers year-round program opportunities, socialization and support for individuals with disabilities of all ages residing in Western Wayne County.
Camp A.B.L.E. is funded in part by a Western Wayne County Therapeutic Recreation Grant. However, the need for specialized supplies, transportation and other important programming assistance remains. Donations to the Camp A.B.L.E. fund can be made online at www.cantonfoundation.org or by writing a check to the Canton Community Foundation and earmarking those dollars in the memo line with “Camp A.B.L.E. Fund.”
The Therapeutic Recreation program is also seeking gifts of supplies. Those interested in making a donation of supplies can visit the “Giving Tree” in the lobby of Summit on the Park community recreation center, located at 46000 Summit Parkway in Canton, MI. The Giving Tree is decorated in ornaments with desired gift items for the program, such as educational toys and gift cards for recreation opportunities. The tree will be located at the Summit from now through the end of the holiday season. To learn more about the Canton Leisure Services Therapeutic Recreation Program, visit www.cantonfun.org.
The mission of Civitan International is to build good citizenship by providing a volunteer organization of clubs dedicated to serving individual and community needs with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities. The Plymouth-Canton Civitan Club has been dedicated to the needs of the local community for 40 years. For more information, visit www.plymouthcantoncivitans.com