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Country Cruizers Support Parents of Special Children

The Country Cruizers Car club presented Parents of Special Children with a donation of $1,000 to support their programs.

Parents with Special Children is a non profit organization providing support services to persons with special needs and their families and to advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Country Cruizers president Mike Abare, on right, presents check to Marie Smith of Parents of Special Children.  Also in the photo are Cruizers members Ed Izyck, Jack Richards, The Cavalier family (Brian, Tracy and Jordan), who are recipients of services from PSC, and Cruizers member Joan Izyck
Country Cruizers president Mike Abare, on right, presents check to Marie Smith of Parents of Special Children. Also in the photo are Cruizers members Ed Izyck, Jack Richards, The Cavalier family (Brian, Tracy and Jordan), who are recipients of services from PSC, and Cruizers member Joan Izyck

They provide financial assistance to families in Oswego County who have a family member living at home with a developmental disability.

This support helps provide services not otherwise funded, such as respite care and adaptive equipment.

The organization also helps families find answers to the Special Education Process.

Their advocate, with specialized knowledge, can attend meetings, make phone calls and ask the appropriate questions.

They also sponsor “Autism Connections”, a group that brings families with children on the autism spectrum together monthly to share ideas, education and support each other.

The Country Cruizers are a social group whose members own and love classic cars, and also enjoy supporting the community.

They work many hours parking cars at the Hannibal Field Days each summer and use their share of the dollars raised to sponsor scholarships through Hannibal Dollars for Scholars and donate to local food pantries.

This year an anonymous individual who was familiar with and impressed by the Cruizers history of donations gave the club a check and asked that the club distribute the funds to charities, at the club’s discretion.

The members felt this organization was very important, since many members have experience with disabilities and understand the importance of family support.