Wednesday, March 25, 2009; 11:00 a.m..
'Kids of Courage' overtake local Toys R Us on $100 shopping spree
Deck: 24 young people with physical disabilities take over a toy store as part of their "Tour of Courage" through Southern California.
LOS ANGELES-- Two dozen children and teenagers swarmed a Burbank Toys R Us Tuesday for a one-hour, $100 shopping spree sponsored by Kids of Courage, a nonprofit dedicated to helping young people with disabilities.
“I want to get costumes and go crazy,” said participant Sarah Solomon, who has mucopolysaccharidosis type IV, a condition that causes skeletal deformities.
The stop at Toys R Us was part of a five-day “Tour of Courage” through Southern California, which included trips to Sea World and Disney Land.
The participants arrived at the store in a bus, singing camp songs and cracking jokes. Some bounced down the steps while others were lowered on electric lifts. Soon they were careening down the aisles of Kids R Us on bicycles, shopping carts, and wheelchairs.
“It’s kind of like Christmas season again,” store department supervisor Lindsey Teel said as she watched the children pick toys off the shelves.
“We call it ‘Make a Wish’ on steroids,” Kids of Courage co-founder Stuart Ditchek said, alluding to the popular wish-granting organization.