Starbucks to help special needs kids

Claro Learning Centre offers educational programs for school-aged children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), and other neurological and developmental disabilities.

On Wednesday, these special kids are helping to raise money to support the efforts of building a new facility for the Central Okanagan Child Development Centre to serve the needs of younger children who face the same challenges.

The Central Okanagan Development Centre is having a friends and family fundraiser to kick off their Building Capital Campaign at the new Starbucks Glenmore location (210-1970 Kane Rd.) from 3 to 7 p.m.

Starbucks will serve free drinks with every donation, as 100 per cent of the proceeds donated will be earmarked for the Child Development Centre’s Capital Campaign.

The Claro kids will be greeting everyone at the door and accepting donations to help the Central Okanagan Child Development Association.

Central Okanagan Child Development Centre serves special needs children and their families from birth till they enter school.

Since 1984, the need for the services provided by the Central Okanagan Child Development Centre has increased by nearly 300 per cent.

They’re launching an effort to raise funds to build a new facility that will become the hub for special needs services in the Okanagan area so no child will have to be turned away due to lack of space or resources.

Many of the kids at Claro benefit from the programs offered at the Child Development Centre. As such, they and their families are helping launch the kickoff of the Central Okanagan Child Development Centre’s Building Capital Campaign.

They have seen first-hand how the child development centre improved their quality of life. They want the next generation of special needs kids to benefit as well.


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