ST. LOUIS (KPLR) -
Our What’s Right with the Community award goes to a volunteer who makes a difference in the lives of kids with Down Syndrome.
Being the mother of two busy tweens is enough work for most moms, but not for Andi McCormick! Andi is the winner of our What’s Right In Your Community award, sponsored by Right Bath (www.RightBath.com) because she makes time to volunteer every week with the Down Syndrome Association, running a playgroup for kids with down syndrome, as well as providing her time, supplies, and all the activities to bring smiles to some of the most adorable kids in our community.
Andi McCormick is a volunteer for the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis. She runs a playgroup for kids with Down Syndrome. She invites the children and their parents to spend Saturday mornings with her twice a month. Andi organizes all the activities and brings all the supplies. She gives the parents tips to help teach their kids and shows them new and appropriate play activities. This time gives parents a chance to visit and meet with other parents in their situation. It gives the kids more time to learn and play. She does not receive any financial payment for her time. She does this because she truly cares for and loves the kids that attend the playgroup.
She graduated from Lindenwood with a degree in special education and currently works for United Services in St. Charles Co. She is a busy mom of two kids (Maya, 13, and Bennett, 11) and a wife to Doug but still makes the time to help out in her community. The playgroup takes a lot of planning and is located about 45 minutes from her home. This does not matter to Andi! She loves the kids that come to play! She never complains about losing the sleep or the amount of work. She is passionate about helping children with special needs and I think she is going above and beyond to help in our community. I am proud to know Andi and call her my sister.
If you would like to nominate someone doing the right thing in our community, contact KPLR 11.