HIGHLAND | It just wouldn't be Christmas if the Wednesday Strikers bowling league didn't make their annual visit to Jacob's Ladder Pediatric Rehabilitation Center in Valparaiso.
It all started five years ago when the bowlers decided forgo a gift exchange and buy needed items for someone else. After doing some research about Jacob's Ladder, a special bond was formed.
The bowling league consists of 25 bowlers who bought paper towels, facial tissue, toilet paper, hand soap, disinfectant wipes and educational toys for the patients at the center. Each bowler also donated $10 to be used toward therapy sessions.
Jacob's Ladder was opened in 1998 by Mariann Frigo, whose son was born with Down Syndrome. It was difficult to find a local facility to help Jacob, she yold the bowlers, so she opened a facility in Porter County.
The center's vision is for all special needs children in Northwest Indiana to receive comprehensive therapy and supplemental care so they may reach their full potential, and for their families to feel supported and empowered.
"The Wednesday Strikers vision is to have other leagues join us," said league President Joan Ortman. "Let's face it, we run out of ideas of what to buy each other for Christmas, so why not help others."
If anyone is interested in joining the Wednesday Strikers, contact Ortman or Secretary Mary Jane Gerlach on any Wednesday morning at Plaza Lanes in Highland.
To learn more about Jacob's Ladder, visit www.jsladder.org or call (219) 761-4888.