Submitted by Parents of Special Children, Inc.
Parents of Special Children, Inc. hosted its first-ever backyard barbecue today at Douglaston Manor Farm, 4360 State Route 13 in Pulaskiâ€”home of Mr. and Mrs. H. Douglas Barclay. Various community individuals and organizations donated facilities, talent, food and entertainment for children with special needs to create an enjoyable day.
The day focused on letting children and families with special needs have fun. Balloon animals, music, dancing, bounce houses, face painting, and arts and crafts were all part of the free fun. Kids were also able to see fire trucks, race cars and a patrol car up close. About 180 people took part in the event.
Organizers said children and their families had the opportunity to enjoy a special day together and get to know each other better. Chrystal Hoyt, coordinator at Parents of Special Children, Inc. and an organizer of the event, said she was pleased so many turned out to enjoy the barbecue and be with other families. She said she was overwhelmed at the communityâ€™s support which made the day possible.
â€œIâ€™m excited so many families wanted to take part in this event and took the time to reach out and connect with other families. It was a fun day for the kids. Weâ€™re grateful for all of the community donations that went into making this day a celebration of diversity and family unity. It is overwhelming. Weâ€™re especially grateful to our host and hostess, Mr. and Mrs. Barclay, who made the event possible,â€ said Hoyt.
â€œBoth DeeDee and I are pleased to be able to host this event for the Parents of Special Children, Inc. It is my hope that through this event the network of parents and children who face daily challenges in caring for and raising children with special needs grows. Todayâ€™s event enabled families to meet each other through good food and entertainment and enjoy themselves together. Weâ€™re glad to be a part of it,â€ said H. Douglas Barclay, former U.S. Ambassador and host of the backyard barbecue.
Assemblyman Will Barclay, whose staff helped organize the four-hour event and who volunteered and donated to the event, said he was glad to see all the planning come together for families to enjoy. â€œIâ€™m glad to be a part of this event. I love to see the families come together and the kids play. I hope it was a memorable day for those who took part. I know it was for me,â€ said Assemblyman Will Barclay. â€œThe community network for parents who have children with special needs is strong in Oswego County and thatâ€™s an important component to raising healthy families. Oswego County should be proud of this tradition it has started of helping one another through education. It all lends itself to better healthcare and stronger family networks,â€ said Assemblyman Barclay.
Several other agencies and individuals made the event possible and included: owner of Dunkin Donuts Roy Clark; Chris Nelson of State Farm Insurance; Burritt Motors; Jennifer Cook with Assemblyman Barclayâ€™s office; Kathy Harrington; Candlelight Quilters Guild; Entergy; Fulton Savings Bank; Huhtamaki; Mitchellâ€™s Speedway Press; Oswego County Federal Credit Union; Pathfinder Bank; Rich Gardner; Oswego County Sheriffâ€™s Department; Ringgold Fire Department; Steve Abt; Tim Barbeau; Dave Mahaney; SUNY Oswego student volunteers; Behling Orchards; Mexico High School Art Department; Terrance Manion photography.
For more information about Parents of Special Children, Inc., please call Chrystal Hoyt at (315) 598-7672.