Last year Windmill Ceiling Fans graciously donated one of their extraordinary ceiling fans to the silent auction for ManeGait. Mane Gait is an organization that believes horses and the touch of animals is the best way to help those in need.
They offer many therapeutic programs for kids with a range of disabilities to wounded military veterans. ManeGait is able to provide weekly therapeutic riding lessons to over 130 adults and children with physical, emotional, cognitive, sensory and behavioral disabilities. While certified instructors lead the program, there are about 350 volunteers per week and 20 trained therapy horses. ManeGait offers a form of therapy that only feels like fun for its riders, it’s an enriching sport that allows riders to increase their core strength, motor skills, flexibility and much more.
Kelly Eggers, Owner of Windmill Ceiling fans grew up on her grandparent’s farm in Kansas and has had a lifetime love for taking care of horses. She found this to be an excellent way to combine her love of horses and giving back to the community. This October they donated another Windmill Ceiling Fan for their silent auction to help raise funds for their services. Kelly and her husband Phillip both feel that this is an amazing cause worth recognizing the exceptional opportunities ManeGait offers to so many people in the North Texas community. To find out more about ManeGait you can visit their website: https://www.manegait.org/
Kelly and Phillip Eggers outdo themselves once again with their next venture, they are helping veterans transform their lives upon their return from service. Through continuous donations, Kelly and Phillip, are able to help veterans gain new skills and find a source of employment after their time in the service has ended.
The Enhancing Veterans Farm Fellowship Program partners up with ranches to help veterans become farmers and ranchers themselves. In addition to a new hobby or form of employment, this program is helping small farmers expand and compete with larger commercial ranchers. Small farmers have a harder time keeping up with new technology, resources and other things that large corporate farms have access to. So, having these extra hands on the farm can really make a difference for the ranchers and veterans alike. The Veterans Farm program has led by example for more people to reach out and provide opportunities to veterans who have an interest in an agricultural field. This transition from being a member of the service to an entry level farmer does well for the entire community while getting unlikely companions involved.
Veterans Farm creates an emotionally supportive and inclusive environment where wounded veterans receive essential vocational training that is geared towards helping them rejoin society as the best versions of themselves.
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