MERLINS KIDS

MERLINS KIDS


 

(Pictured from Left to Right, Front Row): Merlins Kids: Geoff Erwin, Recipients: Shana and Catherine with service dog Checkers and  their mother, Erin Webb. Merlins Kids Founder: Janice Wolfe w/ Wyatt and Mark German

(Pictured from Left to Right – Back Row): Robert Martin Jr., Bernie Reyes, Gilbert Medina, Hector Vazquez, Anthony Caiozzo Jr., Anthony Caiozzo, Local Volunteers, Dave Gonzalez, Mossimo Caiozzo, Patrick Barry, Cliff Hampton, John Brady and Pedro Besonia.

 

What do Local 3 members do when a need arises? They step up to meet it. On a Saturday morning in July a group of 11 Local 3 Electricians donated their time and skills to a great cause, Merlin’s Kids and the Merlin’s Kids Ranch.

The Merlin’s Kids charity is working hard to meet a growing need. In 1995, 1 out of 1000 children were diagnosed with some form of Autism, in 2011 the number is 1 out of 110 children born are affected, with boys 4 times more likely to be diagnosed than girls. Merlin’s Kids, a 501c charity, headed up by Janice Wolfe and Mark German are providing service animals to children, who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities, all free of charge.  These animals if purchased can cost up to $30,000.  The animals provide a connection, support, and help for these children that is hard to quantify.

Merlin’s Kids Ranch located in Vincentown, New Jersey was in need of some electrical work to make it safe and functional for both man and dog.  So early on Saturday, July 16th 2011 the group of Local 3 brothers took the trip down and got to work.  The tasks included tracing and identifying all existing electrical, a new 225’ run to and the installation of a new sub panel in the living quarters, rewiring of the living quarters, re-feeding of and rewiring of a secondary structure to be used for dog boarding and breeding.

The member’s contribution became tangible when they were able to meet Catherine, a Merlin’s Kids service animal recipient.  Everyone was able to see the connection between her and her service animal, Checkers, the appreciation from her mother and twin sister.  Volunteer and President of the Santiago Iglesias Educational Society, Pedro Besonia thanked Janice and Mark for the opportunity to help, telling them how fulfilling it was to be able to participate.  A sentiment echoed by all involved.

Anyone looking to contact Merlin’s Kids to inquire for help or donate can find them online at Merlinskids.org

 

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