EXPECTING ANOTHER MIRACLE IN PENNSYLVANIA
When we speak of miracles, people often associate
images in tea cups or a vegetable shaped like some mystical symbol of the past.
However, if you really want to see a miracle, then
witness the bright smiling face of a service dog recipient.
the years we have seen many worthy causes benefit from the philanthropic
endeavors of the members of the Order of Eastern Star.
In 2003-2004, we gave more than financial support to
the Worthy Grand Matron's special project, we gave our hearts to 17 children who
received service dogs.
Our first recipient was Torey Ribaudo, a child who
suffered from ataxia, a nervous disorder that prevented him from keeping his
balance. Through the financial support of the members of the Order, a beautiful
black lab was purchased and trained.
Torey later developed leukemia and passed away in
His Service Dog “Ruthie” continues to be an important
member of the Ribaudo family.
Each dog has a story of how he or she helped someone
to obtain independence, but it was our last dog really answered the call.
He was placed in a school for Autistic children and
very quickly adapted to the needs of several children. On the playground or in
the classroom, this special K-9 went everywhere; even accompanying a child to
the restroom was a common act. The teachers were amazed at the remarkable skills
the dog possessed and often commented on how he would sense a child was at risk.
Pulling or tugging at the child to ward off danger was a familiar occurrence.
One particular day, their service dog accompanied a
child to the restroom and in a matter of minutes the dog began to bark.
Several teachers hearing the barking quickly
assembled in the hallway outside of their classrooms, immediately understanding
that the dog was trying to summon assistance. To the teachers’ dismay, they
entered the restroom and discovered that the child was attempting to commit
Once again, a Service Dog responded, this time
saving the life of a teenage girl and creating a miracle.
Do you believe in miracles? Are you willing to create a miracle for someone with
disabilities? The members of the Grand
Chapter of Pennsylvania are seeking miracles as they step up to the plate to hit
another homerun. With the cost of a
service dog from $20,000.00 to $30,000.00, miracles are costly. Our efforts to
raise funds and to make others aware of the good that we can do for our fellow
man depends on friends like you