Easter Seals is another one of my favorite Central Iowa organizations.
My husband’s uncle was born with a disability (and a huge spirit) and spent most of his life involved with Easter Seals and Camp Sunnyside.

The Easter Seals Iowa Sunnyside Regatta brings business leaders across the metro to
Camp Sunnyside in Des Moines for a paddleboat race around Lake Cheerio.
It is such a treat to see how involved some of the participants are. Such fun sports and big hearts.

The Regatta is a fundraiser supporting children and adults with disabilities in our community.
Easter Seals Iowa provides exceptional services to ensure all people with disabilities or special needs,
and their families, have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.

Super Cool.

If you have any interest in participating in the 2015 Regatta or donating to Easter Seals, please check out their website:
www.eastersealsia.org

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I have a few charities or organizations that I’m nuts about and have had the opportunity to photograph this past year.
This is one of my favorites.

EMBARC is a local, grassroots community non-profit organization founded by ethnic members from Burma.
Their mission is to “to help refugees expand their world of possibilities through advocacy, education, and community development.”

Isn’t that lovely?

One of their outreach programs is called Community Fabric.
The girls sewed super capes for themselves and for some different children’s organizations.
One of these organizations is Courage League Sports. The girls made capes for some of these kids. Amazing.

These are the ladies with one of their beloved sewing machines.
The designs on the back symbolized their names, strengths and favorite things.
One of the sewing volunteer instructors and her son just happened to be at the park that day and modeled one of the children’s capes.
I can’t even describe the light shining from these girls. They were so kind and happy and sweet.
Please take a minute to “like” their facebook page to keep informed about what they are doing and opportunities available for you to help them!