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Special needs group using different ideas
by Steve Beavers
Nov 11, 2013 | 170 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Young Joleigh Boler loves everything to do with Disney World.

It's why her parents, John and Elizabeth, are involved with the Corinth-Alcorn County Special Needs Group's planned trip to Orlando, Fla. in May.

"We have taken so many different ideas this time to raise the money needed," said trip organizer Havis Hurley, who has made over 50 trips to Disney World. "Elizabeth is a go-getter when it comes to coming up things for the trip."

The group's latest fundraiser is set for Saturday at the Corinth Sportsplex. Volunteers have been collecting items for weeks for a yard sale scheduled for 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"I think what Havis is doing is wonderful," said Elizabeth. "His heart is so big, I am thankful Corinth has someone like him."

The Bolers supported the last trip made by Hurley in 2012. The special needs bus driver led an effort to raise $54,000 to take over 60 special needs children, their siblings and parents to Disney World.

Boler didn't think her middle child was old enough for the trip in 2012. This time Joleigh is getting her wish to see Mickey Mouse.

"We wanted to wait until she was old enough to understand it more," said her mother. "She loves Mickey, Minnie and any of the Disney characters."

The mother of three has already purchased some princess costumes for her 5-year-old to wear once at Disney.

Joleigh's response is why Hurley has made the 50-plus trips to Orlando.

"Kids come back changed from this trip," he said. "I have seen it every time I have been down there."

The chance to see the smiles of special needs children keeps the organizer determined to raise the necessary funds.

"We have all kinds of different things to raise the money," he said.

On Sunday, a paint party will be held at the Sportsplex for special needs children. Pieces drawn by the group will then be sold. A special needs calendar and T-shirts are also in the works as fundraisers.

"Things have gone slow, but good," said the former longtime Sportsplex director. "We are going to get there."

All the motivation needed is the smile of a special needs child.

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