As we reach the end of another year and look forward to the warmth and love of the holidays, we want to take a moment to thank you for all you have done for Best Buddies.
Despite a sputtering economy and so many competing human needs, our loyal friends continue to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) through Best Buddies’ friendship programs on campuses throughout the world.
Our Jobs program is continuing to grow and provide meaningful employment for people with IDD, while the Ambassadors program is furthering the support of their leadership and self-advocacy trainings.
This year, we were blessed to have more riders at our cycling events, more student volunteers participating in our walks, and more supporters coming to our events across the country and the world.
However, there are still so many more people with special needs we have yet to reach who are isolated, excluded, bullied and unemployed. I am heartened when I receive emails from student volunteers like Will Macon at our Vanderbilt University chapter.
Last week, I called Will to thank him for his outstanding work for Best Buddies, and he replied, saying, “Best Buddies has shaped my life, and that’s more amazing than any word of mine can adequately express. I idolize the work you do and the organization you’ve built. It has been, is, and will be the brightest light in my life for as long as I live.”
During this wonderful season, as you think about gifts for your loved ones, please consider giving the gift of friendship and jobs to our special friends by visiting www.bestbuddies.org/donate.
As a funny gift to you, my buddy Jorge and I filmed a short video that illustrates the true meaning of the holidays. Visit our YouTube page or click on the image below to watch. And thank you again for all you do for Best Buddies. I wish you and your family a blessed and happy holiday.
Anthony K. Shriver
Founder and Chairman
The mission of Best Buddies is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
© 2012 Best Buddies International