It's hard to believe that 2013 is coming to an end. If your year was anything like ours, it simply flies by too fast.
Before the Holidays are upon us, and we are consumed with the hustle and bustle of the holiday please consider making your final donation of the year to Ready Set Ride. They are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization all money raised is tax deductable, and also qualifies towards any company matching policies for donations.
Located in Plainfield Illinois, students as young as three years of age come from all over the Chicagoland area. It is the goal of Ready Set Ride to assist these children in achieving the highest quality of life possible through the use of horses and individualized activities focused on the needs of the student.
Following Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) guidelines, Ready Set Ride bases its program n developmental techniques utilizing the horse as a means of mobility for the children. Certified therapeutic riding instructors guide the students and closely monitor their needs and encourage consistent improvement. Therapy is conducted in the form of games on horseback which incorporates physical, speech, occupational, developmental and recreational therapy in one 45 minute session. It's like a Super Therapy for Super Kids!
First there was Black Friday, then Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Do you know what today is? It's Giving Tuesday, a day where you can give to others less fortunate before the Holidays.
Many of you make donations to different Charitable organizations during the Holiday Season and today I am asking that you consider making that organization Ready Set Ride. This facility has made a world of difference in the lives of the special needs and terminally ill children that it services. It is a small barn that is run by volunteers and supported by the people who believe in their work like me.
We are very fortunate to have this in our community and I am hoping that you can find it in your hearts and wallets to give a little ( or a lot)today to make a difference.
Please visit www.readysetride.org or www.all4jimmy.com for more information about the barn or Jimmy.
Many of you have asked what it costs to run Ready Set Ride. Here is a list of a few of the average costs they incur on a weekly, monthly, yearly basis.
"¢$25.00 provides treats for horses for 1 week
"¢$35.00 provides farrier care to one horse
"¢$50.00 provides one child helmet
"¢$75.00 provides one horse grain for 1 month
"¢$100.00 provides bedding for one horse for 1 month
"¢$250.00 purchases hay for one month
"¢$500.00 provides horse shoes for one horse for 1 year
"¢$1,000.00 purchases one horse saddle
Does your company do donation matching? Ready Set Ride is a 501(3)c charitable organazation and qualifies for donation matching. Please consider submitting your donations to your company to be matched.
I am sitting at work holding back the tears. In just 3 days our friends and family has raised $2,000 for the horses and kids at the barn. My heart is overwhelmed with joy!!! This is going to do wonders for the barn. I can't wait to share the great news with them.
Thank you ALL from the bottom of our hearts! We honestly love each and every one of you !!!
But "“ please keep the donations coming I'm not done yet
Once again "“ overwhelmed by the support by our friends and family. Look at this number grow! I mentioned earlier Sunday's horse show. Wouldn't it be cool if I could tell Lisa we raised $2,000 in under a week? I am just $110 away from that. Can I get 11 friends to donate $10?
The last few months all you have seen from me are posts about Ready Set Ride and how important it is to me and Jimmy. Want to see it for yourself?
I am inviting all Plainfield area friends to come see Jimmy ride in a horse show at the barn this Sunday at 10am. You will get to see the horses, the kids and all the magic that happens here. I guarantee you will see some of the biggest smiles you have ever seen. It's a real feel good and a great way to start a Sunday.
Take Rt 126 towards I-55 and right before the I-55 interchange is a light. Turn left at the light which is Essington and go down about a mile. RSR is tucked away on the left hand side just as the gated neighborhood ends.
Bring your kids, bring some carrots and apples for the horses and come see how important this place is to our community.
We were introduced to Ready Set Ride back in 2008 as a different form of therapy for our son Jimmy. Jimmy does not walk or crawl on his own and had very low muscle tone. When Jimmy first started riding he would sit slouched over on the horse (pictured above)and just 8 weeks later he was sitting upright on the horse. The results were amazing we were convinced then that as special needs parents, we would do whatever it took to ensure that Jimmy was able to continue this form of therapy. We ride every Sunday morning April thru October and we never miss a day. When the economy started to decline a few years ago the costs for hay and the care of the horses started to sky rocket. The owner started to struggle to come up with the money to keep the doors open and when she shared this with us the realization that we could lose this form of therapy for our son. We decided at that point we would do what we could to try and help raise awareness and funds for the barn. Ready Set Ride is a non-profit organization who operates solely by the donations of family and supporters and as is run by volunteers. All monies raised goes toward helping cover the costs of operating the barn and the upkeep of the horses. Please visit www.readysetride.org for more information regarding the facility or www.all4jimmy.com for more information about our son Jimmy. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your donation