To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Special Wish Child Inc., Samsung donated $40,000 for the organization to help 25 families who have children with emotional or medical needs.
Tiree Jimerson, 5, was born with cerebral palsy and isn't able to walk yet. At the celebratory breakfast on Friday, he was provided with equipment to help him develop his walking.
“I was happy (when I learned about the donation),” Tiree's mother, Lakeisha Hawkins, said. “I really did need one at home, but I couldn't afford it.”
Special Wish Child was founded in 1987 by the Tyler Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors. In 2005, they were joined by The East Texas Association of Health Underwriters, according to a news release.
Physical therapy items purchased through the Samsung donation include sensory toys, medical strollers, medical beds, computers, tablets and a patient and wheelchair lift.
Other children received wishes such as a trip to Disneyland, a bedroom makeover, horseback riding therapy, shopping sprees, tickets to Six Flags and a country music concert.
“We are honored to collaborate with Special Wish Child Inc. and to help them grant the wishes of 25 East Texas children in need,” Grace Lee, Samsung public relations manager, said in a news release.
In 2011, Samsung donated $6,800 in developmental devices and technology equipment to the Goss family of Tyler through Special Wish Child. The 2-year-old twin girls, Ka'maya and Ka'more, were born 23 weeks premature and require 96 hours per week of in-home health care.
The equipment provided has allowed them to have home therapy, and the tablets and sensory toys have helped with their motor skills, their mother, Tangala Johnson, said.
“I cannot explain what it meant to us,” she said. “They came right on time. The thought of someone thinking of us in our time of need brought tears to my eyes.”