14 raises funds for playground equipment for children with special needs | Community

It’s funny how little things impact children even when you think they’re not paying attention, and what such impressions can feel like.

In the case of 14-year-old Lita Meyer, just watching her mother do her job when the young girl was just 7 years old brings immeasurable blessings for people with special needs.

The second year at Needville High School has been doing fundraisers for about three years now to raise money to buy playground equipment for people with special needs.

“I originally came up with the idea when I was in second grade and my mom was teaching kids with special needs instead,” Meyer recalls. “She would sit with them at recess and it was kind of like she was their second mum. They loved the slides, rock faces and swings, but most of them were too high or just not safe for them. It just broke my heart that my mom had to chase them away. I knew how important this brain break from studying was to me, and they should be able to enjoy it too.

Fast forward to 2019, and the real work began with the birth of the non-profit organization “Special Toys 4 Special Needs” and fundraisers such as barbecue chicken dinners, bake sales and fundraisers. other events held to raise funds for playground equipment for special-needs children.

COVID-19 delayed progress for a while, but now Meyer’s organization is planning its first major fundraiser, scheduled for this weekend.

Harold B. McConnell