Our 3rd Annual Sponsor-A-Puppet in Memory of Jim Lassus is underway! Several years ago our program was blessed with the addition of an amazing volunteer, Liz Lassus. In fact, she was our 2014 Volunteer of the Year. In her acceptance speech she thanked her husband, Jim, for his support of her volunteer activities. Over the years Jim went from supporting Liz to becoming a volunteer in his own right. Jim passed away quite suddenly in August 2015. In lieu of flowers, donations to PeerPals.org were suggested. This act of generosity in Jim’s memory raised enough money to sponsor more than a dozen play dates.
To show our appreciation and find a way to honor Jim’s memory we have named the PeerPals.org welcome puppet Jim. Each child is welcomed into our program with a puppet. This way they have a puppet pal to play with while they wait to be matched with a real pal. Our puppet is a chef because at PeerPals.org, we’re “cooking” up friendships! Each time we pack a puppet to send to a new family, we remember Jim and the gift of his friendship.