AASK – Aid to Adoption of Special Kids Family Fun Walk

AASK – Aid to Adoption of Special Kids Family Fun Walk

AASK – Aid to Adoption of Special Kids Family Fun Walk

Author: Melanie Nemetz

AASK, Aid to Adoption of Special Kids, hosted a Family Fun Walk this last Saturday at Steel Indian School Park.   A couple weeks prior to the walk, we decided, as a family, that we wanted to participate in this walk. Much to my surprise, two dear friends decided they wanted to join us in the walk.  I then reached out to a special family (details need to remain private due to circumstances) and we had 5 more team members.  After a quick registration, our team met up and there were many smiling faces and hugs.

The walk itself was good.  The kids had a blast spending time together and ran up ahead of us.  Afterwards, Studio 8 hosted the entertainment part of the event.  Their experience interacting with children was evident and they got them up, dancing, and participating in little competitions.  My husband was called up to be a Dad in a dance off!  During this time, Howler, the mascot for the hockey team, The Arizona Coyotes, arrived.   I should point out that I have a child with an intense fear of mascots!  However, Howler looked friendly and my child handled Howler’s arrival beautifully!  Howler engaged the children in a silly and non-threatening manner. They all danced to the music and had a blast!

Arizona Coyotes Mascot, Howler

Arizona Coyotes Mascot, Howler

AASK set a goal to raise $100,000 and as of Tuesday, May 5th , they are at $83K.  The funds will go to reuniting siblings who are in care but separated into different homes.  The funds provide them an opportunity to send these children to a week long camp TOGETHER!  What a blessing.  The funds will also go to supporting Kin, Mentors, Foster, and Adoptive families.

Who is AASK?  According to aask-az.org, “AASK is the largest agency in Arizona that is solely focused on finding families for children through foster care, adoption, and mentoring.  In our 26 year history, we have found permanent homes for more than 2,300 children.  Last year, AASK provided 226,383 nights in a foster home for foster children in Arizona.  We also have a team dedicated to supporting kinship families who are caring for a loved one’s child.”

Once people hear my story of fostering children, they share with me their desire to help.  Here is that chance!  You can donate to AASK and help them reach their goal of $100,000.  You are welcome to donate to our team, click here.  I can personally share that AASK has been instrumental in our lives, pre-fostering, during fostering, and post-adoption.  Please help this amazing agency but most importantly, help the truly wonderful kids.  Thank you.

As always, if you or someone you know, are buying or selling a home, call Melanie Nemetz at (480) 221-3034 “Fostering Relationships – Helping a child into a home with a donation from each closing”

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