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Smiles and sunshine

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

It was a day full of fun and laughter during the Brazil Rotary Club 75th 4th of July Celebration Special Rides for Special People, Wednesday. Each year, Rotary sponsors the day to allow people the opportunity to partake in the rides for free. Kimberly Gleason Photo. [Order this photo]
It was a day of sunshine and smiles for the annual Brazil Rotary Club 75th 4th of July Celebration Special Rides for Special People, Wednesday.

"This is the only time the rides open before the scheduled time," Brazil Rotary Club President Susan Thomas said. "This is something that Rotary does every year that is no cost to the individuals."

Each year, Rotary members open the carnival earlier in the day to allow those who would not normally have the opportunity a chance to ride the rides. This year, there were approximately 50 individuals from Brazil, Terre Haute and Greencastle who attended.

"The looks on their faces proved that everyone had a good time," Thomas said.

Thomas has been involved in Rotary since 2000, and it was a letter that she received a few years ago that made her realize how meaningful the event is not only to Rotary members, but the families as well.

"I received a letter from a mother about the joy her son felt while being at the carnival," Thomas said.

Rotarians volunteer to walk around to the rides with the individuals and the carnival owners enjoy opening the rides early for them.

"If I can put a smile on their face then it is worth it," Burton Bros. Amusement representative Woody said.

Everyone who attended the event received a free drink and popcorn.

"This event allows them to be kids again and I think that is wonderful," Thomas said. "We are really glad to be able to do this."

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These wonderful folks that rode rides today may have a variety of physical disabilities but that sure doesn't seem effect their exitement nor their huge smiles! God bless all who love and care for these very special people.

-- Posted by brazilian on Wed, Jun 30, 2010, at 10:34 PM

This is such a great thing to do! All of their smiles would be the biggest reward.

-- Posted by JQuick on Fri, Jul 2, 2010, at 3:19 AM

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