The greatest gift that can be given again and again is probably love. Of course, a Wii gaming system isn’t too bad, either.The Beasley Allen law firm in Montgomery donated a Wii to Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults, which is near Lake Martin, Aug. 19. ASSCA stands for Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults.Camp ASSCA has been open for 33 years since 1976. ASCCA’s goal is to serve those who can derive maximum benefit from the resident camp experience and provide a healthier, happier, longer and more productive life for children and adults of all abilities,” says the camp’s Web site.
This donation is a part of a nationwide joint charity project known as Project Wii-hab, which has 40 law firms participating in the project. “The idea was to help people in need,” Taylor said about the donation. The law firms choose either a rehabilitation center or a hospital in their area and then donate a Wii. The project is coordinated by James Cool. The project is supposed to help over 50 rehab centers, children’s hospitals and nursing homes.The project started as an effort by the Injury Board Foundation to help people who need rehabilitation, said Helen Taylor, public relations coordinator for Beasley Allen. The Wii system will be a fun addition to rehab patients’ everyday activities, Taylor said.
“The Wii system game are very similar to what they do in rehabilitation and the exercises,” Taylor said. “The difference is they’re interested in it.” Allison Wetherbee, public relations director of Camp ASCCA, said the ASCCA staff was happy to receive a Wii for the camp. “We were very excited for our campers and everybody who’s going to be visiting camp,” said Wetherbee. “It opens up a new activity for us to be able to do with our campers, and it’s something they will be looking forward to do.”
The Wii activities will help campers improve on any personal skills they need to develop, Wetherbee said. “It will be a part of our sports and games activities,” Wetherbee said. “We will have a special game room that will incorporate the Wii.” The game system will be used on a daily basis by the campers, Wetherbee said. She said it helps with their motor skills because the game is active. However, playing with the Wii won’t be the only thing the campers are doing. “We do lots of activities,” Wetherbee said. “We do horseback riding and canoeing. We have a splash pad which is a water park area and we have a mini golf course.” Beasley Allen has 42 attorneys and 200 support staff. The firm has donated over $1 million to charities in the past three years. Beasley Allen is scheduled to donate another Wii to the Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham today at 10:30 a.m.