A Christmas celebration for the kids

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With another day at Assistance Association for Disabled Children (AACD) I was able to get to know more of the staff and volunteers that not only keep the place running but also make it exciting for the children. I was invited to their Christmas party which consisted of gift exchanging, singing, dancing and eating delicious food.

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I also met Felipe Alves, 11, for the first time. As an infant his mother was told by her doctor to “throw him in the trash,” because he was born without arms and legs. While he may have a harder time than other children, he doesn’t let his disability get in the way of living his life. He plays soccer just like any other kid and is on a competitive swimming team as well.

Next week I will be going to his house to get a better idea of what his daily life is like.

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Thanks for looking.

–Kaylee Everly

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About Kaylee Everly
Kaylee Everly is a junior from Fremont, Neb., majoring in journalism. She has been part of four photojournalism projects through the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. She’s traveled to Kyrgyzstan, India, Brazil and now Ethiopia. She placed fifth in the Hearst multimedia team reporting competition for her work on coal mining in Kyrgyzstan. She has interned with the Fremont Tribune and will intern at the Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, Iowa, this summer. In the fall, she will be part of the Omaha World-Herald’s fellowship program.

3 Responses to A Christmas celebration for the kids

  1. Rishabh says:

    i just loved there similes… 🙂

  2. Kaylee — I think that you’ve got a great story here and I can’t wait to read more about Felipe. Can you imagine? “Just throw him in the trash?” Wow.

  3. Your photos do such a great job at capturing the spirits of these people!

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