Local non-profit gives free water and more to Masters patrons

News 12 First at Five/Wednesday April 9, 2014

There's not much you can get for free these days. But, for patrons that make their way in and out of Augusta National this week, they're getting a little gift and a smile too.

"I've been a part of the Berry Center for two years now," said Keith Garey. "It's pretty good. I have fun getting to help other people out."

Garey and other members of the Berry Center are out in front of Friedman's Jewelers on Washington Rd. this week.

"The Berry Center is a day program for adults with severe developmental and physical disabilities and our focus is on community involvement and the development of social skills," explained Amanda Khidirov, the center's director.

They're handing out cards with information, candy, gum and more all for free just to make everyone's day a little brighter.

"This is our 'Have a Nice Day' campaign, which is based on the idea that a small act of kindness can brighten someone's day," said Khidirov.

"It's a good feeling, you know?" said Garey. "It gives me a lot of heart. It gives me a lot of pleasure having to help people out."

Khidirov says this is an opportunity for the public to get to know part of the disabled community.

"A lot of them don't always have the opportunity to get out and do a lot of different things," she said. "And, as a result, a lot of times when people meet them, they really just see their disability. And that's something we very much want to change."

And Garey tells me activities like these are just another chance for him to lend a helping hand.

"It is very important to me because people can know that they have somebody that can help them," he said.

The center is now taking donations for a new supportive employment program that will help members get work. Just click on the attached link to get to The Berry Center, Inc.'s website where you can learn more and make a donation.

They continue their free giveaways April 9 from 10 am to 12 pm.


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