posted on May 14, 2014 16:42
The We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust and website have officially been unveiled. On May 10, a team of volunteers made a special presentation prior to intermission at each of two Melba’s Dance School recitals. After we played a short video (the same one you can see here on the About Laurin page), Edna DeSaro, a distinguished Melba’s Dance alum, came onstage. She poignantly expressed her compassion over Laurin’s situation and her passion that Melba’s Dance School would continue for future generations. She presented a personal check to “kickstart” the giving and referred people to the We Love Laurin tables in the foyer.
I think perhaps many were surprised to learn that Melba has cared for her daughter’s extreme needs for 34 years. At 86 years old, she also oversees care of her own mother, who turned 105 today. But Melba is not a complainer. Her strength and positivity completely eclipse the pain to the people she sees each day. She lovingly pours herself into Melba’s Dance School, nurturing and encouraging each new generation that comes through her school. This is truly her “life’s work,” and many of her former students have affirmed over the years how important it was in their lives.
The reaction was positive and supportive. People opened their hearts and gave cash and checks right there at the recital. So far, gifts have ranged from $1 to $5000. Contributions of any size are greatly appreciated. Perhaps the most touching donations were from some little girls who gave their own allowances to help Laurin. Altogether, the trust has already received $6,655, which is enough to pay for about a month of Laurin’s nursing expenses!
Besides numerous anonymous donors, the following people have given gifts to Laurin’s trust: Dr. Dani Talamantez of Star Chiropractic, Edna DeSaro, Sharon Waite, Linda Eason, Guillermo Garcias Jr. of AW Electric, Bailey Gurwitz, Rebecca Rios, Homer H. Scott of 5125 Company and Andrea Garcia.
This weekend, don’t miss the musical “Annie.” Tickets are just $10 each and will benefit the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust. A number of Melba’s Dance School students will be playing roles in this show. Performances are at Nikki Rowe High School (2101 N. Ware Road in McAllen) on Friday, May 16 at 7:30pm, Saturday, May 17 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm and Sunday, May 18 at 2:00pm. Let’s make sure “the sun’ll come out tomorrow” for Laurin!
If you can give a financial gift, please send checks to: We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust, 605 N McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501.
To give online, use the “Donate” button at www.WeLoveLaurin.org. Since the need is ongoing, please consider the monthly option, which you’ll see after clicking the button.