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Packard’s Martial Arts held their Annual Toy and Craft Drive for the Academy of Kempo’s “Help a Child Initiative”

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Pictured above is Master Scott Packard from Packard’s Martial Arts in Milford.

Making a difference in children’s lives!

 

Packard’s Martial Arts located at 185 Research Drive in Milford, CT owned and operated by Master Scott Packard has teamed up with the Academy of Kempo’s “Help a Child Initiative”.

The “Help a Child Initiative” is a program started in October of 2009 by Frank Ciarleglio, the Instructor at the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts in Hamden, to help children with life threatening diseases.Our program is designed to collect items such as arts and crafts material for children as young as infant to 21 years of age. These items will include but not be limited to, Tempera Paints, sand art kits, bead kits, window painting kits, wood projects and jewelry kits. We are also collecting items that can be decorated, such as white tee shirts, white pillowcases, I-pod cases and cloth bags and general items needed to assist the Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer and the Child Life Specialist-Pediatric Specialty Clinic at the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and the Smilow Cancer Center. This is still one of our major goals with the program,” said Ciarleglio. “But because of the great response that we have had the program has grown into much more. We are also collecting toys, books, games and pretty much anything that a child can play with while they are undergoing treatments. The program also collects revenues so that the Tommy Fund will continue to have a budget built in to purchase what they need so the Child Life Specialist can work with the children who are undergoing cancer treatments. Prior to 2010, there really was not a budget for arts and crafts, and all of the arts and crafts were donated, but because of the “Help a Child Initiative”, the Tommy Fund was able to have a small budget for these items which have such an important impact with the children. The revenues also assist the Tommy Fund in continuing their research to find a cure for cancer and assist families that have children who are in a treatment program,” Ciarleglio continued.

Over the Holiday Season Master Packard and Packard’s Martial Arts students, family and friends generously donated items to the Help a Child Initiative. These arts and crafts, games, toys, and books that Packard’s Martial Arts has donated help to bring a little bit of normalcy to the children’s lives. “I work with children daily and when I heard about the Help a Child Initiative I felt compelled to help. I have seen adults going through treatment and how difficult is for them, I can’t even imagine what it is like for a child or the parents of these children”, said Master Packard. “This is my second year helping out and I believe that this is a great cause and I see myself helping these children and families for as long as I can”.

Packard’s Martial Arts will be collecting items as an ongoing program along with the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts. The Academy has a list of items they are collecting as well as a wish list from the Child Life Specialist-Pediatric Specialty Clinic on its web site, www.academyofkempo.com. “I know that in these economically challenging times that it is hard for people to find anything extra in their budget, but even one item will help to make a difference,” Ciarleglio said.

All donations can be dropped off at the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts, located at 1890 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden Connecticut 06514 or at Packard’s Martial Arts, located at 185 Research Drive, Milford, Connecticut 06460. For the best times to bring in your donation please call, the Academy in Hamden at 203-288-9990 or Packard’s in Milford at 203-878-433. For more information on how to get involved, you can contact the Academy at (203) 288-9990, or visit them on the web at www.academyofkempo.com.

Monetary contributions are welcome in check form made out to the Tommy Fund or by visiting the Tommy Fund web site at www.tommyfund.org. Please note your check or on-line donation “Help a Child Initiative” so the Tommy Fund will know how to allocate your contribution.

 

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