2020 has been a tough year for all of us, but staying connected to family and friends has made it more manageable, even if it looks a little different these days. That's why, this year, we're raising funds for iPads, necessary accessories, and communication apps for our 2020 #GivingTuesday campaign.
While we might find stay-at-home orders, social distancing, and quarantining frustrating and hard to navigate, we can appreciate why they are being asked of us. Many of our clients can't fully grasp what has their lives turned upside down right now, let alone fathom a global pandemic. They just know their family members don't come to visit them anymore and they can't always be with their friends at Day Program. Video communication is also crucial for our nonverbal clients as traditional telephone communication can be limiting.
As an agency, we've done our best to help our clients stay connected with their families and friends, but we have a limited number of devices available for many clients. It has also been challenging to share the few devices we do have while also limiting possible exposure to COVID-19.
This is why we've set a fundraising goal of $8,000 for #GivingTuesday which will supply our agency with twenty-two (22) iPads plus the necessary accessories and communication apps to help keep our clients connected to their loved ones.