Founder’s Message

Dear Friends,

This month we mark the 20th anniversary of the Help A Little One Foundation.

H.A.L.O. was born after our beautiful, vibrant three-year-old daughter suffered irreversible brain damage and moved to a pediatric nursing home for 24-hour care.

Gayle and I had the resources to give Sarah all the material things she needed but we soon realized that kind-hearted staffers were spending their pocket money to buy “extras” to improve the quality of life for other residents. We decided to help.

H.A.L.O. quickly evolved from giving teddy bears and pajamas to supporting enrichment activities. In 1999 we established Family Circle to reach out to families caring at home for children with severe disabilities. Today our Sunday Swim and Sing activities relieve isolation and provide socialization for these individuals, and we continue to fulfill requests for items such as adaptive tricycles and wheelchair ramps for vans when they will make life easier for the families.

Our latest initiative, the Children’s Advisory Network (H.A.L.O. CAN) is helping families dealing with some of the confusing legal regulations that govern the care of their children.

We recognize, and pray, that few of you will ever have to live with the outcome of severe neurological impairment.

For this reason we celebrate your compassion and kindness over the past 20 years, and thank you for helping us give “little ones” the best life possible.


Alan Pinshaw