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  1. whatta_attitude

    whatta_attitude TS Member

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    Fellow Trapshooters:
    A company out of Amarillo Texas needs our help.

    This Company is ADVO and it trains mentally challenged adults job skills

    Oct 20 the building in which these mentally challenged adults are housed for training burnt.

    This is a non profit organization so even the medication the clients took was lost as medicaid is the main source of meds for most of these folks.

    I respectfully ask the trapshooters to come together and let's help these folks out.

    Listed below is the address of the Bank who has a donation center opened for them, but also they need personal items such as toothpaste,

    toothbrushes and such.

    All the information is listed below as to where and how you can help.

    Also you can go to www.amarilloglobenews.com and research this story.

    Advo regroups
    Clients should stay home
    By Nicole King
    nicole.king@amarillo.com
    Steve Lewis / Amarillo Globe-News
    Amarillo Fire Marshall Terry McKinney, left, and Deputy Fire Marshall Dennis Gwyn survey the damage a day after a fire destroyed the east side of Advo Companies Inc.

    Sunday was filled with a sense of loss for Carla Hughes.
    "Until we get in there, it will be hard to tell what's salvageable," she said. "We'll have to still provide a service in the face of all that."

    Hughes is president of Advo Companies Inc., a nonprofit agency that provides services for adults with developmental disabilities.

    Advo's building at 2736 W. 10th Ave. burned in a devastating fire that started around 4 a.m. Saturday.


    How to help

    Donations: An account has been set up at Amarillo National Bank: The Advo Fire Relief Fund.

    Additional help: While money is helpful, Advo also needs office supplies, personal grooming supplies and toiletries, such as toothpaste, hairbrushes and deodorant. It also needs household supplies, such as paper towels and napkins.

    Call: (806) 342-0600
    There were no reports of injuries, but the fire burned the workshop, medical treatment rooms, medical records, a lunch room and a supply area.
    Hughes said the rest of the building also suffered heavy smoke and water damage. Fire investigators will return to the scene this morning with a crane to lift the roof so they can further investigate a possible cause.

    Advo has about 90 client-employees with developmental disabilities who work in the building. There also are more than 60 clients served in group homes.

    Many companies send unfinished products to Advo for final-touch work. Cintas, for example, sends gloves and towels to Advo to be sorted, and Amarillo National Bank sends paper there to be shredded.

    "We lost a forklift, packaging and shrinkwrap equipment, pallet-moving equipment, all of our equipment needed to assemble and move materials, shredding machines, sealers - everything," Hughes said.

    Another big loss is medication.

    "That's the main concern because Medicaid and Medicare only pay for that once," she said. "So, if you lose a medication, they're not going to replace it and that's a big cost to us."

    Advo's positive reinforcement store also was hit hard. Clients earn points they can redeem at the store for personal items, such as CDs and posters and makeup.

    "That store was very important to them, and they're used to doing that on a weekly basis," Hughes said.

    Hughes said employees who work in the office have been dispersed to different group homes so they can provide emotional support and structured activities at the homes until an alternate place can be found for the clients to go to work. Clients are to stay home until further notice.

    For right now, Advo is setting up a temporary office at a space provided by Texas Panhandle Mental Health Mental Retardation until officials figure out the next step.

    "Our primary focus is to make it as easy on our clients as we can - not to disrupt the structure. It not only is a financial support, but a networking and social support, and for that to be taken away from them is devastating," Hughes said. "We are an agency that has helped lots of charities and it's a different situation for us to ask for help."


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  2. whatta_attitude

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    If we each gave 5 dollars would be the best 5 bucks you spent in a long time.
     
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    Done!
     
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    Duckman you rock!!!!!!

    I have personally worked with some of these folks and there the hardest working people.

    One little girl this morning when saying her prayers had us all in tears at the end of her prayer she said And one more thing God will you please find us a new building so I will have a place to go to work next week.
    It's not like these people stand on the street corner begging as bad as some of there handicap's they get up each morning and look forward to a sinmple job such as folding towels for a local motel.
    God Bless each of you for any small amount you can give!!
    Sandie
     
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    here is another pic
     
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    Bump to the top!!
     
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    Folks we need to open our hearts here this is a well deserving group that is in need of help.
    Sandie
     
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    God Bless each of you that made even the smallest donation it makes me proud to be associated with such a heart felt group of People.
    You have allowed some really good folks to continue to work there jobs and have hope.
    Sandie
    PS ...its never too late to send more help as I am sure they can still use it.
     
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    These folks think they have a building now again god bless all those who gave even the smallest amount these adults deserve a break.
    Sandie
     
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