United Methodist Children’s Home will receive twelfth Wii gaming system in Beasley Allen Law Firm’s year-long “Wii Give Back!” campaign
Pictured are, from left, Lisa Black, Pearleen Corbett and Allen Sims of UMCH and Helen Taylor, public relations coordinator for Beasley Allen.
MONTGOMERY, ALA. (December 7, 2010) – Beasley Allen Law Firm presented the twelfth Wii gaming system in its year-long “Wii Give Back!” campaign to the United Methodist Children’s Home on Friday, Dec. 10. UMCH provides residential group homes for children, teens and young mothers; transitional homes for young adults; regular and therapeutic foster care programs; family preservation and support services for families dealing with child abuse and neglect; adoption home studies; scholarships and family aid. The Wii was presented to the Headland Group Home, also called “The Settlement,” which serves up to eight teenage boys and also has a Transitional Living Facility.
The Wii helps people of all ages to improve their physical fitness by combining engaging video games with physical motion using a unique hand-held controller. It has been endorsed by the American Heart Association as a tool to encourage sedentary Americans to take the first step toward fitness. The Wii also is becoming a popular therapeutic tool, useful in both physical therapy / rehabilitation and in working with troubled young people by providing caregivers with a tool to comfort and engage children.
“The Wii Give Back program should be a great help to the United Methodist Children’s Home as they work with young people and families at a time of crisis,” said Tom Methvin, Beasley Allen managing shareholder. “We hope the Wii will help make ministering to them a bit easier.”
“We truly appreciate Beasley Allen’s generosity. Our boys here at ‘The Settlement’ will really enjoy having this Wii system,” said Allen Sims, Headland Group Home Supervisor. “Participating in sports activities like the Wii promotes bonding for our residents who function as brothers for each other. It will provide the boys with hours of productive, healthy play and encourage positive interaction between them,” he said. “We look forward to seeing the constructive effect this has in the home and how the boys’ relationships grow as a result.”
Beasley Allen established the Wii Give Back campaign after donating two Wii gaming systems to rehabilitation programs in Alabama last fall. The effort was so well-received that Beasley Allen expanded the program to provide a Wii gaming system to a deserving Alabama charity each month in 2010.
Past recipients of Wii systems in 2009 and 2010 include The Learning Place, Timothy House, Hurtsboro Library, Christian Mission Centers, Inc., based in Enterprise, Ala. ; Barbour County High School, the Greensboro (Ala.) Recreational Department, CARE House, James M. Barrie Center, Jimmie Hale Mission, Harriet’s House, Camp ASCCA, Brantwood Children’s Home and Common Ground Montgomery.
Charities from throughout the state, including Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile and Dothan were eligible for the Wii Give Back program. Nominations were accepted throughout the year on the firm’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/beasleyallen) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.