by DONNA SNAPP
HERNANDO SUN WRITER
Random Acts of BBQ is what Sonny’s BBQ on Commercial Way calls some of its charitable work. Often a day’s proceeds are donated to a worthy cause, such as Hurricane Michael relief two weeks ago.
On Friday, October 26, a Random Act of BBQ honored the volunteers of the Ability Tree organization.
Ability Tree is a national organization dedicated to assisting families impacted by disability. Ability Tree offers recreation, education, support and training (R.E.S.T.) to members. One popular program Ability Tree offers is a “Parents Night Out.” Parents are able to leave their children, special needs and their siblings, with trained, screened volunteers. The volunteers make sure the children have a wonderful time with games and food and the parents, knowing their children are safe and having fun, can enjoy a few carefree hours for dinner or a movie or whatever else they care to do.
Ability Tree also offers sensory friendly, accessible and inclusive events for families with children with special needs and their friends, such as movie screenings, bowling, art and music classes. Other programs are available for caregivers and local businesses and churches.
Ability Tree depends on its volunteers. So Sonny’s staff, accompanied by some great BBQ and red checkered tablecloths, showed the volunteers how much they are appreciated for all they do to give R.E.S.T. to families affected by disability.
Ability Tree was brought to Hernando County by Wayne and Tina Cordova, who are also parents of a special needs daughter. Wayne is a pastor at Crosspoint Church in addition to his work organizing and promoting Ability Tree Florida. Tina Cordova is the Program Director.
To donate, volunteer or connect your family, see AbilityTreeFlorida.org, call 352-593-0430, or email [email protected]