Help James - Autism Service Dog Fundraising

For: James Taylor
Organizer: Tim and Jackie Taylor
of $6,650 goal.
Raised by 33 donors
40% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

We are raising money to pay for the training and expense of getting an autism service dog for our son, James. This service dog will be trained specifically for James to help assure his personal safety, his emotional development and stability and to provide consistency across different environments in his life. There are many things that the service dog will help James with including increased communication, eye contact and building social relationships. The service dog can also help encourage activities of daily living like brushing hair and teeth, bathing and toileting independently. The service dog can aid in calming James and providing companionship so he is able to fall asleep at night and stay asleep throughout the night. The service dog will also be trained to make sure James does not wander off or get lost in public places. Our goal for purchasing a service dog is to provide less stress overall in our home, which will help reduce James' melt downs and anxiety. A service dog can make a positive impact on the rest of James' life that no amount of therapy is able to. Please join us in raising money to purchase a service dog for James.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 25, 2012 by Tim and Jackie Taylor

Life has been busy with summer here and trying to get prepared to fly with all the kids to Michigan. I wanted to give everyone an update on our fundraising efforts for the service dog. 

We did have a small change in plans. We found a new organization to get our service dog through. Dogwish, a non-profit organization, has placed over 150 service dogs. They are located in LA, California. We went and met Bob, the owner about a month ago. He is so kind and has a child who has mild autism. He understands our lives and what we need. He feels confident that the service dog will benefit Noah and Aubrey as well! We feel so blessed to met him. Because he is a non-profit organization, the cost of the service dog is significantly less. 

We are doing excellent with our fund raising, thanks to all the support. We only have about $4,000 left to raise, which will cover the cost of the dog, supplies we need, and travel expenses.  

Our service dog's name will be Millie! She is about 5 months old right now. She will come to live with us at the beginning of November, as long as we have raised the money to pay for her. 

We have a few fundraisers planned. Our next one will be a spegetti dinner on July 13th, 2012 in Michigan. We are hoping to see a lot of family and friends there. We will also be doing another Gold Canyon candle fundraiser in the next couple months, once the new scents come out. We will also be having a few more garage sales, which is how we made a lot of money, so if anyone has something to donate, we will gladly take it!

Thank you again for all your support. We are so excited to have Millie join our family!

Posted on May 27, 2012 by Tim and Jackie Taylor
I am sorry it has been such a long time since I updated our page. We have had a few more fundraisers and are currently at ...$5,860. This is amazing to me considering that we have not received any grants. 

We are going to work on collecting used cell phones for our next fund raiser. If we collect a lot, we could get some good cash for James. We are also planning our spaghetti dinner fundraiser in Michigan on July 13th. We hope to see a lot of our family and friends there. 

My sister, Jan, in Michigan is planning a walk to help raise money. If you are interested, let me know and I can give you more details. 

We appreciate all the continued support we have received during the past few months. It has been stressful but fun! We are trying to come up with new fundraisers to raise money. We would love any suggestions. 

James is still talking about his service dog every day and looking forward to the day we meet him. Please continue to pray for our family and spread the word about James. Thank you!

Posted on April 9, 2012 by Tim and Jackie Taylor
Our first fundraiser this weekend was a BIG success! We had the a yard sale of donated items. We made $800 over the 2 days! This was a great encouragement for our first fundraiser! We appreciate all the donations. We will be having another sale on April 20th and 21st. If anyone has donations, we would appreciate them.

We have also scheduled our Family Fun walk and 5k. It will be at Freestone Park in Gilbert on May 5th at 8am. We are also having a raffle and 50/50 drawing that day. Please join us for the fun. If you would like more information, let me know.

Thank you again for all your support! We are getting closer by the day.

Posted on March 22, 2012 by Tim and Jackie Taylor
Thank you all so much for donating to help James. He asks every day "Is the green line big enough yet?" It grows a bit with each donation and I assure him that we will get there. We have cleaned out the kids bedrooms for the upcoming garage sale. It is amazing how much they were willing to part with for their service dog. James' behaviors continue to escalate and his doctors want to medicate him. Tim and I believe strongly in trying every other measure!
We have a few other fundraisers that we are working on. We are collecting old cell phones that we can turn in for cash. Do you have any you would consider donating? We are also still accepting donations for our garage sales, where we have invited vendors (like a craft show and companies like pampered chef) to come as well.  Do you know anyone who might like a table? We are also asking businesses to donate gift cards for a raffle/silent auction, if you know any business owners that would like to support us. 
Thanks again to everyone for your support for our family!

Posted on March 14, 2012 by Tim and Jackie Taylor
We are planning a garage sale to help raise money for James' service dog. The garage sale will be on April 6 - 7 and 20 - 21. We are taking any donations to sell during the sale. If anyone wants to donate, let us know. We can pick it up if needed. We will also have a bake sale during this time if anyone wants to help us this way.  We are also looking for any businesses that would like to set up a small booth. If you or someone you know is interested, please let us know.

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