“I am so grateful to receive these iPads that the Nathan Shinn Foundation was able to provide for my kids,” Jeney said. “My students have been able to open up so much more. It’s a blessing. It’s sometimes hard to get the technology in the classroom that you need.”
Roberts said a lot of people are asking for iPads — and this year the foundation isn’t able to provide as many since the focus is on wheelchairs, car seats, bath chairs, strollers, lifts and other medical equipment.
“Funding is a little tighter this year. We haven’t brought in the funding we need,” Roberts said. “We still encourage people to apply as we might be able to help as funding becomes available.”
Melody Danley learned about the Nathan Shinn Foundation through the Cerebral Palsy Foundation — recently rebranded as Ability Connection.
She applied and the foundation gave Danley’s daughter “a very expensive piece of medical equipment we’ve been trying to get for a couple of years.”
Danley said after she submitted the paperwork, it was only a couple of weeks before she learned she was going to get the equipment and it arrived a week later.
“This piece of equipment helps my daughter stand upright and it helps her walk without assistance. It also is a transferring device. It was like a miracle piece of equipment,” Danley said. “This charity is wonderful. It is a blessing to our family. I had tried and tried and been denied. We were blessed by this foundation for giving us this piece of equipment for our daughter.”
Harrah resident Anne Hunt said she went to school with founder Brandon Shinn and had always been familiar with the story and the foundation, never thinking she’d ever have to use it.
Hunt said the foundation “very much provided our family with a blessing,” as her son, Ethan, now 10 years old, is fully recovered with vision in both eyes after needing eye treatment that insurance wouldn’t cover and was otherwise unattainable by her family.