[Nameplate] Fair ~ 43°F  
High: 60°F ~ Low: 46°F
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Two families will have merrier Christmas thanks

Sunday, December 23, 2007

(Photo)
Roberta Reagan and her son Kinn check out the new IBM laptop with voice activation software that he received Friday as a gift from the employees of Buzzi Unicem.
All of the rugged and burly men standing in the lobby of Buzzi Unicem Friday could not have kept 11-year-old Colton Adams away from his new electric keyboard.

As soon as he saw it, he tore it out of its box with all of the fury of Christmas morning and began pounding on the keys and pushing every button he could get his fingers on.

But Colton got more than just a keyboard.

(Photo)
Colton Adams happily pounds away on the new keyboard. He also received a touch-screen computer monitor that will help him develop his communication skills.
For the 17th year in a row, the employees of Buzzi Unicem, Buzzi Alternative Fuels and the Boilermakers Union Local D39 pitched in and adopted two families with special needs children for Christmas.

In addition to some of the best toys any kid could want, both Colton, a Central Elementary School student, and Greencastle Middle School student Kinn Reagan received new gadgets to help them in class.

Kinn got a new IBM Thinkpad with voice activation software. Kinn doesn't have a computer at home and had a lot of trouble doing his homework with his limited fine motor skills. That's all in the past, though, thanks to the employees at Buzzi.

It's a dream come true for the 12-year-old Kinn, said his mother Roberta Reagan.

Among Colton's stack of electronic music toys, he also received a touch-screen computer monitor. Paired with a computer donated and configured by DePauw University, Colton will be able to learn technology and hopefully communicate with his family and teachers, his mother Karen Adams said.

In all, the Buzzi employees were able to pull together about $2,300 -- enough for gifts for the two families and a donation to the Putnam County Senior Center.


Comments
Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on bannergraphic.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

Thats pretty kick butt. That my friend is some worthwhile story. Lets hear more of these!

-- Posted by Hungry&Fat on Mon, Dec 24, 2007, at 7:27 PM

A very good and timely story . Let this be the beginning to helping others , that need it . Thank you ! ! !

-- Posted by Lafayette on Tue, Dec 25, 2007, at 2:03 PM


Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration. If you already have an account on this site, enter your username and password below. Otherwise, click here to register.

Username:

Password:  (Forgot your password?)

Your comments:
Please be respectful of others and try to stay on topic.