Friday, March 5, 2010

Special Young Women Helping A Special School

Cincinnati’s Linden Grove School is getting some help for the Have a Heart for Autism benefit tonight (Friday, March 5).

Linden Grove is a school which serves students who typically have a variety of needs that impact their learning due to various disabilities, including ADHD, language processing disorders, dyslexia, sensory integration disorder, high-functioning autism, Asperger's syndrome and related social and behavioral difficulties.

My friend Chris Nasciemento has a young son named Devin who goes to school there, and he told me about two wonderful young women are helping Linden Grove by putting together a fundraiser. I think their story bears telling here, and I hope someone who reads this blog will find it in their hearts to help them and the children at Linden Grove.

Anisha "AJ" Jindal and Rachel Burrell grew up in the Cincinnati area. AJ is a graduate of Summit Country Day. She calls her time working with autistic children and raising money for Tsunami Relief in South India defining experiences. She’s in pre-med at Xavier and hopes to one day work with Doctors without Borders. Rachel is a Mason High School grad who has a personal connection to the autism community. She has a brother with Asperger's, and she nannies for a family who has a son with autism. Both women are 21 years old.

Chris writes: “Their newly formed Jinderell Foundation was created to provide the support necessary to improve the quality of life for the population they serve. Their goal is to impact as many individuals as possible through different organizations, charities, and schools. With the help of their family and friends, the Jinderell Foundation is on the way to changing the lives of others.”

It's the first charity gala Rachel and AJ have ever organized through their Jinderell Foundation.
The money raised will go toward purchasing SMART boards and laptops for Linden Grove teachers and students. It starts at 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 5 at the Phoenix at 9th and Race in Cincinnati. The gala features food by renowned chef David Cook of Daveed’s, along with cocktails and a silent auction and entertainment by Wade Johnson and the Navigators. RSVP to Anisha by calling 513-258-5805.

Linden Grove is located at 4122 Myrtle Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45236

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