The National Inclusion Project co-founded by Clay Aiken recently announced their 6th annual holiday gift-wrapping awareness campaign and fundraiser, Wrapping for Inclusion. The campaign will take place in shopping malls and stores across the country throughout the 2009 Holiday season. Volunteers will wrap gifts in exchange for donations to the National Inclusion Project.
Individuals of all abilities are encouraged to participate. “We are looking for volunteer wrappers throughout the holiday season to share their voice about the possibilities of inclusion. Schools and youth groups can make this an inclusive community service project by putting together teams of children with and without disabilities,” said Diane Bubel, co-founder of the National Inclusion Project.
Last year over 1,200 volunteers wrapped for inclusion nationwide. Monies raised help fund the National Inclusion Project’s “Let’s ALL Play” inclusive program model that brings inclusion to recreational programs nationwide. In 2009, National Inclusion Project partners impacted over 5000 children with inclusive opportunities. Children with and without disabilities participated together in swimming, games, arts and crafts, and team building, but more importantly they developed friendships and experienced benefits that will last a lifetime.
"Wrapping for Inclusion gives volunteers across the country the opportunity to share the vision of the National Inclusion Project. By working together, we are creating a world that celebrates children for their abilities", said Bubel. "We appreciate the time and dedication of all our Wrapping for Inclusion volunteers as well as all those holiday shoppers who will donate to the National Inclusion Project.” For information on how to volunteer email Aron Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or download the Wrapping For Inclusion manual here.