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Awesome in Action on Amazon Smile

Nick and Jeff Bezos could be brothers!

With the holiday season fast approaching, Nick is getting excited to do some shopping!

We know this time of year is the time people are getting gifts, and ordering special treats for themselves and their loved ones.

We wanted to take a few minutes to remind Awesome in Action supporters of a great way to donate just by shopping.

Awesome in Action is a non-profit organization recognized by the Amazon Smile program. When you shop using Amazon Smile and have Awesome in Action selected as your registered charity, 0.5% of your purchases go directly to Awesome in Action with no extra cost to you.

To get to Amazon Smile, you can simply type smile.amazon.com in your address bar on your choice of internet browser. You do need to make sure you are on smile.amazon.com for the donation from your purchases to be processed.

To select Awesome in Action as your registered charity, go to smile.amazon.com, and underneath the search bar there is an option to click “Supporting:” where you can search for Awesome in Action Co.

All of your purchases, and donations generated by them are private, and no one can see your activity except you and Amazon, including the charitable organization you support.

A great way to make sure you’re always using Amazon Smile is by downloading an extension to your internet browser. These extensions will make sure you are always using Amazon Smile for purchases on Amazon.

Extensions to Redirect to Amazon Smile

Chrome Web Browser:

Amazon Smile Redirect – click this link, and then click “Add to Chrome”

Always Smile – click this link, and then click “Add to Chrome”

Firefox Web Browser:

Amazon Smile Redirect – click this link, and then click “Add to Firefox”

Smart Amazon Smile – click this link, and then click “Add to Firefox”

Edge Web Browser:

Amazon Smile Redirect – click this link, and then click “Get”

Amazon Smile on Mobile

The best way to use Amazon Smile on your mobile device is to download the Amazon Shopping App.

You can find information on how to download the app, join Amazon Smile, and turn on Amazon Smile by following this link.

If you prefer not to use an app, there isn’t currently a way to add extensions to mobile web browsers, but you can always just remind yourself to use smile.amazon.com in your mobile browser.

Every Donation Makes a Difference!

Nick wants to thank his supporters for considering making Awesome in Action their charity of choice on Amazon Smile. Every purchase makes a difference in Nick’s mission to spread awareness about those living with different abilities.

If you have any questions please reach out to the Awesome in Action team by emailing Nick at nick@awesomeinaction.org.

Kidchella – August 2022

On Saturday August 20th, 2022, Nick and the Awesome in Action team were lucky enough to participate in the first annual Kidchella event hosted by the City of Loveland.

Nick and attendee’s of the festival!

This event featured live music and performances, vendors, games, activities and Awesome in Action’s booth.

Nick wanted to spread his message of inclusivity by creating adaptive carnival games that were accessible to people of all ability levels. Nick often finds that when he goes to carnivals and festivals, the games are not accessible for someone in a wheelchair or with limited mobility.

Nick and the team started off by planning what accessible games we would offer. After a lot of thought, the team came up with a fishing pond game, a “choose your door” game, and a sensory bin with prizes. Nick loved the idea of the fishing pond game and was so excited for this project!

The next step was to do some fundraising to help pay for the costs of materials for Kidchella. Thanks to very generous donors, Nick was able to raise funds to cover all of the expenses for the project including all of the materials for the games as well as prizes and candy.

Then the team had to purchase materials for the event.

Well, it turns out that being experts in ability awareness and advocacy didn’t translate into being handy with tools and building materials! Nick’s team, including his mom and dad, all put in a tremendous amount of effort to create the games. Nick and his job coach Liz spent an eventful day at Lowe’s purchasing plywood, hinges, and other supplies to create the games, and Nick thought it was very funny that Liz had no idea what she was doing in a hardware store!

But, true to Awesome in Action’s mission, we persevered and didn’t let our perceived limitations stop us from being successful!

Nick and the team created the games from scratch and were so proud of their teamwork and ingenuity.

Creating the adaptive fishing poles for the fishing pond game
Nick helping paint doors for the choose your door game
Nick’s mom and dad helping with the hinges on the fishing pond game
Nick supervising with a smile!
Nick helping paint the designs on the fishing pond game
Nick loved the fishes Kelleen painted!
The fishing pond game, almost finished!

The day of the event, Nick and the team set up their booth with the adaptive games, resources about services for those with different abilities in Larimer county, and Awesome in Action marketing materials. The wind couldn’t stop the team from having a great time.

The fishing pond game was a huge success, and there was a long line of kids waiting to play the entire day! The younger kids loved the sensory bin, and Nick had so much fun watching them dig around in the rice and find prizes.

Nick and the team offered adaptive “fishing poles” with large grips for those with limited mobility, using dowel rods and pool noodles. Talk about smart!

Nick using an adaptive tool to play the choose your door game
Olivia manning the fishing pond game ready to give out some prizes!

Overall the event was a huge success and proved that Nick and the Awesome in Action team truly face any new challenges with an open mind, sense of community and team work.

This event wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible donations from the community, and Nick can’t say “thank you” enough!

Nick wants to specifically thank his mom, dad, Carl, Audrey, Kelleen, Allee, and Anne for coming together and helping him create the games and man his booth. Nick would also like to thank Kerry Helke and her team with the City of Loveland for giving Awesome in Action the opportunity to participate!

We can’t wait for next year’s Kidchella festival!

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