VINNY SKARO:  BEYOND A WISH TO HOPE

Thanks to Fox News, I learned about 8-year-old Vinny with a rare genetic disorder who suffers nightly seizures. Make-A-Wish Foundation offered him a Disney World trip that was postponed due to the pandemic. The story does not end there. As American Radio Broadcaster Paul Harvey used to say, “Now for the rest of the story….”

On his own Vinny Skaro made a decision that went beyond a wish to hope for special needs kids by donating $5000 (the trip value) for a wheelchair accessible playground near his home in Wisconsin.

When the weather allows, Vinny plays at the park every other day, but he realizes that all kids with special needs like him cannot play on the equipment.

Vinny related, “I just want to help other kids have a fun place to play with wheelchairs.” He understands wheelchair-bound children, because he uses a wheelchair when he gets tired from his condition.

“… I feel like it’s the right thing to do,” added Vinny. “I was thinking in my head, ‘This is weird, but I love it.'”

Vinny also hosted a hot chocolate stand at the park on Saturdays and raised $22,000 to buy a merry-go-round that is wheelchair accessible.

Because I like to help lots of people,” explained Vinny. “I just don’t want to help myself all the time.” Vinny’s attitude and actions give hope and serve as our example to share our blessings.

Readers may contribute to the Make-A-Wish Foundation (www.wish.org) to help make wishes of kids like Vinny come true. You never know when your gift may go beyond a wish to hope.

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due when it is in your power to do it.”  (Proverbs 3:27)

“A generous person will be prosperous,
and one who gives others plenty of water will himself be given plenty.”  (Proverbs 11: 25)

“And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”  (Hebrews 13:16)

“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”  (Booker T. Washington)

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