Wednesday, September 24, 2008

You're never fully dressed without a smile.

Kids don't make friends sitting in class-- they make friends on the playground. That's the message Angie Shaw, mother of Mateo and McHale Shaw, wants to spread, and that's why Angie is spearheading "Kids Coming Together," a project trying to build a handicapped-accessible playground near her home.

Mateo and McHale Shaw, as everyone knows, are the two amazing boys who were born conjoined twins and who were given only a 5% chance of survival. More than two years after they were separated, they're healthy, vibrant, and ever more playful.

One of their favorite activities when they were younger was watching the kids across the street from their house playing during school recess and after school. Now that they're more than two, they want to play, too-- and they need a playground to do that.

So even though beset by the pressing needs of caring for twins, and even though those twins need frequent checkups and more surgeries, Angie and her husband Ryan set out to create a playground for all kids.

They call their project "Kids Coming Together." They've got a site where you can find out more about how to help through donations or volunteering.

Mateo and McHale will make friends wherever they go -- but still, let's all help them be able to go to the playground.

To find out more about Kids Coming Together, click here.

To read about Mateo and McHale and their parents, click this link; it'll take you to "Caring Bridge," where you can type in "mateoandmchale" to go to their site. See pictures, read their journal, and find out how you can help with their medical bills, too.

Or, send your tax-deductible contribution to:

Mateo and McHale Shaw Irrevocable SNT

C/O Kohler Credit Union

850 Woodlake Road

Kohler, WI


No comments: