99 Balloons: Buy a Book, Support a Special Needs Kiddo

99 Balloons: Buy a Book, Support a Special Needs Kiddo
99 Balloons: Buy a Book, Support a Special Needs Kiddo

Let’s expand respite care for children with disabilities!

rEcess, an initiative of 99 Balloons, is a monthly respite program for families affected by disability. Children with disability as well as their siblings come hang out with trained volunteers, and the goal is to make it the best night of their week! And at the same time to give parents a night off.

These events are typically hosted by local churches that long to build relationships with families in their own community. Volunteers provide one-to-one attention for children with disabilities and siblings are also invited to participate in the “sibling track” which provides them with their own exciting activities.

Buy a Book this Week & Help Support a Kiddo with Special Needs - 99 Balloons
99 Balloons: Buy a Book, Support a Special Needs Kiddo

There are currently 12 rEcess sites nationwide, and one in Canada, and each site is operated by a team of volunteers who partner with local churches.

Help us expand the number of rEcess locations so that more families can benefit!

When you buy Lysa TerKeurst’s new book this week {August 18 – 23} — ALL profits will be donated to the 99 Balloons rEcess program!!

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY AND SUPPORT A KIDDO WITH SPECIAL NEEDS! {and when you buy 2 or more copies of The Best Yes, you can use code BLOOMBOOK at checkout for FREE shipping!}

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99 Balloons: Buy a Book, Support a Special Needs Kiddo
Buy a Book this Week & Help Support a Kiddo with Special Needs - 99 Balloons

The funds from this project will:

  • Help fund costs for 99 Balloons to train and equip additional churches who desire to build respite and disability ministries. This includes training on God’s heart for disability, how rEcess (respite) is a great first step, and how to create an inclusive culture in the church.
  • The cost for training averages $1500 per church and covers training and travel expenses to take the 99 Balloons team to churches around the US.
Buy a Book this Week & Help Support a Kiddo with Special Needs - 99 Balloons

What a night at rEcess looks like:

99 Balloons Promo Video from Echolite Media on Vimeo.

Stats on Stress and Respite

  •  Parents with children with delayed development or intellectual disabilities experience 60% more stress than the general population.[1]
  • In order to benefit from respite, parents need not actually use the respite.  Simply knowing that it is available reduces stress.[2]

 


[1] Gupta, Kaur.  Stress among parents of children with intellectual disability.  Asia Pacific Disability Rehabilitation Journal 21(2):118-126 (2010).

[2] Weiss.  Hardiness and social support as predictors of stress in mothers of typical children, children with autism, and children with mental retardation.  Autism 6:115 (2002).  “In terms of support, perceived availability appears to be more important than the actual receipt of support.”