TECSI sponsors two major state projects:
First is our Texas Elks Grants for Special Children. During the next year, Texas Elks will award almost one million dollars to children in need. We provide braces, hearing aids, glasses, prosthetic devices, computerized wheelchairs, lifts and other specialized equipment to children statewide. Without the help of Texas Elks and TECSI, these children would be deprived of the assistance they so desperately need.
Second is Texas Elks Camp. For seven one-week sessions during the summer, Texas Elks provide an exceptional camping experience to 329 special needs kids. These children come to us with all manner of disabilities, both physical and mental. It is our challenge to meet the needs of each and every camper and to ensure that every child leaves camp more confident and self-assured. Our campers learn that no matter what their particular challenge, they can be successful. The driving philosophy behind Elks Camp is “having a difference doesn’t make a difference”.
*(Surveys show a 100% approval rating of parents who report that the camp was worthwhile and they would recommend it to others.)
At the conclusion of each camp, every camper receives two awards: the first is a graduation certificate, and the second is an award tailored to each camper naming that camper as the best at a particular activity. For most of our children, this is the very first time they have been singled out as being the best at anything, and to see the faces of not only our campers, but their parents as well, is a joy to witness. There are always tears on Friday evening, as the children do not want to leave this very special place.
Thank you for your time in considering helping the Texas Elks in providing assistance to Texas Special Needs Children.