Pure Hearts organizes Dream Show
On September 18, Pure Hearts of Georgia presented The Dream Show at Duluth High School Theater. Pure Hearts is a nonprofit organization that works with children with intellectual disabilities and their families in and around Metro Atlanta.
The show was a visual treat of 14 charming and entertaining performances and was the culmination of months of practice by 61 children with intellectual disabilities. The performances were a mix of ramp walks of popular superheroes and cartoons characters, choreographed dancing, and much more. All the kids delivered an endearing show with immense charm and attitude. With the auditorium filled to the brim and bursting into thunderous applause, whistling, and encouraging the performers, it was evident that Dream Show had met its objective of bringing to life the dreams and aspirations of families of these children by enabling a sense of accomplishment and joy and giving them a platform to express their creativity using dance and performing arts. Performances like these not only help raise awareness of autism and children with intellectual disabilities, but they also make for special moments of joy, loving attention, and provide memories for a lifetime.
“For many of our children, the stage, lighting, and loud sounds are hard to process due to sensory issues. But today, they have battled all of that to be here to try and show that they can overcome anything if given a chance. Parents and volunteers have played a major role in helping them overcome these challenges,” shared Anandhi Jambunathan, Founder of Pure Hearts of Georgia. “As of 2019 statistics, over three million children in the United States have some form of disability. And this number is growing dramatically, mainly due to higher diagnosis rates of autism spectrum disorders. These children need extra attention, support, and adaptation to learn the skills, be it for their day-to-day lives or recreation,” she said as she underscored the challenges that volunteers and families of special needs children overcome on a daily basis.
Jambunathan, along with her husband Ganesh Krishnamurthy and co-founders Annapoorna Somayajula and Chelvi Selvanayagam, actively supports families of children with special needs in and around Atlanta.
The organization depends on its volunteers who spend time with the children and young adults playing games or sports, engaging them in conversations, and encouraging them. The Dream Show is a testimony to these volunteers who have exhibited immense patience and loving care to bring an event of this scale and size to life.
The event applauded the efforts of families, sponsors, and communities that exhibit courage, strength and will to move mountains for the welfare of these special children.
- Sushain Tuli
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