Erica the Explorer
Variety Teen Erica sits in her new stroller, which sits low to the ground and extends her feet out in front of her.

As spring draws near and the weather starts to get warmer, people are starting to get outside. Whether by foot or by bike, many are hitting the trails to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.

Until recently, however, this wasn’t an option for Variety Teen Erica.

Erica uses a wheelchair to get around. Her wheelchair is great for everyday use, but she isn’t able to take it everywhere she wants to go. So, Variety has provided her with a stroller that will take her where her wheelchair cannot. And it is also making it possible for her to spend more time with her family.

With...

Thu, 03/04/2021 - 09:22
Josh Switches it Up
Variety Kid Josh sits in his new PPod chair, which is red and padded to provide him with comfort and stability. He has a big grin on his face and is also using a Paw Patrol blanket.

Think about how many places you sit throughout the day. When you wake up, do you head to the couch to watch the morning news? To eat meals, do you sit on a chair at the kitchen table? At work or school, do you sit on a desk chair? In the evening, when it’s time to relax, do you kick back in the recliner?

Now, imagine doing all of these activities – and more – in the same seat. Not only that, but this seat is built for stability and mobility, not for comfort. That’s the case for many wheelchair users, like Variety Kid Josh.

Luckily for Josh and other people with mobility...

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 08:14
A Classroom Full of Love
Variety Kid Ella sits to the right of the photo in her wheelchair, surrounded by her classmates and teachers. Everyone is holding up a Valentine's Day sign and their hands are forming the shape of a heart.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Variety Kid Ella’s class decided to participate in a service project to generously help someone in need. When asked which charity they wanted to support, it was a no brainer for the students – they wanted to help more kids like Ella.

Ella has cerebral palsy, and Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis has helped her get the equipment she needs to be independent, including a stander and ankle foot orthotics (AFOs). So, Ella’s classmates decided to raise funds for the charity that has helped their friend so much.

“Ella is a shining star in our...

Mon, 02/22/2021 - 14:42
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