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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Preschoolers Join Alzheimer's Fight with Puzzles to Remember


I think you will be impressed by Max's effort to date. He has distributed 2630 puzzles, to 95 Alzheimer's care facilities, in 18 states.....
By Max Wallack


I wanted to share a wonderful email I received yesterday at PuzzlesToRemember.

Dear Max,
“I am a preschool teacher in Wellesley. Each year around our school does a service project as a way of introducing the concept of "kindness", and giving children a direct way to show kindness. We like to find a project to which kids can easily relate and when I saw you and Puzzles to Remember on Chronicle a while back, I knew donating puzzles would be perfect. All preschoolers can relate to the fun of doing puzzles and helping grandparents!”

The Chronicle video that the teacher refers to can be watched at:

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/video/20836235/index.html

What a wonderful school project! These preschoolers will be helping our veterans with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Wouldn’t this be a great project for preschoolers and kindergarteners around the country?

Also, at my high school, Boston University Academy, each student is required to do 20 hours of community service per year. Some of us have done many, many more. However, others have yet to contribute. Today, one of my teachers announced that each student who contributes a puzzle will receive credit for one hour of community service, up to a maximum of 10 hours. I think my puzzle bin will be filling up quickly!

I’ve also been very busy redesigning my website, www.PuzzlesToRemember.org. I added something new, a donate button. PuzzlesToRemember is a 501c3 organization, so all donations are tax deductible. I will use money donated to pay for shipping the ten boxes of puzzles that I already have packed and ready, addressed to veterans’ homes around the country.

Editor Note: It cost approximately $18 to ship one box of six puzzles. Each box that Max'x sends contains 6 puzzles worth approximately $70. He includes more puzzles when he delivers them by hand.

Max has been raising money to ship puzzles by selling lollipops and collecting money when he can.

Would you be interested in sponsoring the shipment of a box of puzzles? Max has the puzzles. What he now needs is the $18 per box to ship the puzzles.

If you sponsor a shipment, I'll put you, your business, or your website up as a feature article on the Alzheimer's Reading Room. I'll also makes sure it gets distributed via syndication sources on the Internet. You can contact me via email if you are interested in participating.

If you work in a corporation that would be interested in a sponsorship, we would like to send you a full blown description of the vision and mission of Puzzles to Remember.

If you would like to donate a few dollars you can use the donate button on the PuzzlesToRemember website.

The only thing that is holding Max back is money for postage. He does all the work. If we help him he will be able to help thousands of persons that are already suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

I think you will be impressed by Max's effort to date. He has distributed 2630 puzzles, to 95 Alzheimer's care facilities, in 18 states.

Max Wallack is a student at Boston University Academy. His great grandmother, Gertrude Finkelstein, suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Max is the founder of PUZZLES TO REMEMBER , a 501(c.)3 charitable organization. PUZZLES TO REMEMBER is a project that provides puzzles to nursing homes and other institutions that care for Alzheimer's and dementia patients.

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