SPOKANE, Wash., April 22, 2013) – Recent efforts by city governments in Spokane and Spokane Valley to curb panhandling have limited crucial fundraising events like the "Kids for Kids" Penny Drive and regional firefighters' "Fill the Boot" campaign.
Coupled with continuing cuts in state and federal government funding, the efforts of the Spokane Guilds' School Foundation to serve infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities and delays have been restricted due to the cities' passage of a 2010 ordinance in Spokane Valley and a 2012 ordinance in Spokane prohibiting the solicitation or collection of money from city streets. The ordinance has limited access to Penny Drive donation sites throughout the county, down from 18 sites historically to 13 sites in 2013, a decrease of 28 percent.
Annually, approximately 200 children with developmental disabilities and delays in Spokane County receive a crucial early-intervention therapies and treatments including physical, occupational, speech and language, and cognitive therapies. Nearly 80 percent of the families served by the Spokane Guilds' School are at or below the poverty level, and receive these crucial services regardless of ability to pay. This is possible, due in part to the fundraising efforts like the "Kids for Kids" Penny Drive, started in 1996.
17TH ANNUAL "KIDS FOR KIDS" PENNY DRIVE - SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2013.
On Saturday, April 27, there will be donation drop-off sites throughout Spokane County that will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
2013 Donation Drop-Off Sites Location
Washington Trust Bank/Wandermere 438 E. Hastings Rd.
Spokane Guilds' School 2118 W. Garland Ave.
Country Homes Blvd/Wall Intersection
Mission & Hamilton Intersection
Monroe/Indiana/Northwest Blvd. Intersection
Liberty Lake Safeway & Albertson's (1233 N. Liberty Lake Rd.)
Sullivan & Sprague Walgreen's Parking Lot
57th/Regal/Inland NW Bank Intersection
Windermere Real Estate/Manito 29th & Grand
Cheney Masonic Lodge 106 College Ave., Cheney
Deer Park Double Eagle Pawn Parking Lot
>>>>For more information, contact Ken Daniel at (509) 326-1651, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, Follow the Penny Drive on Facebook (www.facebook.com/spokaneguildschool) and Twitter at: @SGSandNMC #everypennycounts.