Roger Singer, board member of the Alyce Hatch Center in Bend, along with a few other board members, nominated the center to be November’s Pay it Forward winner. KTVZ surprised them Wednesday with $500, courtesy of Mid Oregon Credit Union and CoEnergy Propane.
Jennifer Faircloth, an occupational therapist at the center, said they will use the $500 to buy a second “squeeze machine” for the center’s La Pine location. The machine acts like a massage, with the ultimate goal of making kids who don’t like human touch react more positively to it.
Every day, about 350 kids with developmental delays, from newborn to age 5, come to the Alice Hatch Center to learn, in the hope they’ll develop the tools they need to thrive in a traditional classroom.