April 27, 2013 marked the 10th annual Gabe’s Day event, held in memory of Blind Babies Foundation alumni Gabriel Carson.
This year’s event was a true community effort. San Jose Kiwanis Club brought tools, supplies and volunteers. Salvation Army donated the work space, and the Kiwanis Action Club for adults with special needs came to make toys. Everyone brought amazing energy and enthusiasm for BBF kids!
It was a special day for the volunteers and for Gabe’s family, who shared his story, photos and favorite strawberry lemonade. Gabe’s heartfelt story illustrated how adapted play equipment enhances the life of a child with special needs and their family. BBF toy bars and resonance boards are based on Dr. Lili Nielsen’s Active Learning philosophy, creating an accessible play environment for young children with differing abilities to independently explore and learn.
Gabe’s inspiration brought a very special meaning to the day and inspired volunteers to build 40 new toy bar kits and resonance boards for children with visual impairments served by Blind Babies Foundation. We are grateful to all who helped, and especially to San Jose Kiwanis for a decade of amazing work for children and families!