From: Holliston. MA
Program: Service Dog
Minimum Goal: $8,000 | Amount Raised:$4,521
Hi, my name is Talia Ze’evi and I am 9 years old. I am a little girl who desperately wants to perform in plays and in dance recitals, sing and play instruments in concerts, speak with new people I meet and have and enjoy all the experiences a typical nine-year-old girl enjoys – I am not shy, but most people think I am. I was diagnosed with Selective Mutism (“SM”) when I was seven years old. SM is an extreme anxiety disorder that manifests in the inability to speak when speaking is expected. I look shy to those who do not know me, but I assure you I don’t have a shy bone in my body – just ask my mom! I miss out on a lot of opportunities because of my disability. I love dogs so much – being around dogs gives me so much joy and peacefulness! Having a service dog by my side will help me to feel less anxious when out in public so that I can feel free to communicate with those I meet, or don’t know very well. I know a service dog will boost my self confidence and provide me with the extra motivation to push myself to express myself in lots of situations. I do not want to grow up feeling restricted in any way – that is not my personality. I want to try so many new things and feel comfortable preforming in front of people. One day I would love to compete in some way on America’s Got Talent – watch out for me! Thank you for considering donating to NEADS on my behalf. I am very grateful for every donation. I can’t wait for my new best friend to help make my life a little bit easier and a whole lot bigger!
*NEADS clients pledge to raise a minimum of $8,000 for the organization, thus allowing us to fulfill our mission of placing Service Dogs with individuals who benefit from them the most. Each donation ensures that NEADS will continue to change lives with our World Class Service Dogs.
On our donation form, pick the name of the client you want to sponsor under the Program Menu and check whether or not we can share your contact information with the client. Client fundraising totals are manually updated weekly (not automatically) which allows 100% of each donation to be allocated towards each client’s fundraising goal.