NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – Russ and Kelly Trottier are busy preparing for a charity breakfast March 2 in Whitinville to help Down syndrome children like their infant son Colin William.
The Sutton couple – Russ is a graduate of Northbridge High School – say the breakfast will benefit the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress and the Criterion Early Learning Center of Whitinsville.
“We know what these organizations do for the Blackstone Valley,” Trottier said. “They have played a vital role in Colin’s development, and there are a number of other families in the area who need our help and would greatly appreciate support,” he said.
Parents must be advocates for their children, Trottier said, and he and his wife believe they can make a difference in the community.
In addition to Colin, who will be 2 in October, the Trottiers have three other sons, Mason, 9, Mitchell, 7, Cole, 5 months.
The Downs Syndrome Congress and the Early Learning Center support and enable children and adults to be a part of the everyday life of their communities, Trottier said.
The Trottiers are asking for gift cards with which to purchase food and items for a raffle.
“Any donation, however modest, will go a long way in helping our family and friends with developmental disabilities to be active members of the Blackstone Valley community,” Trottier said.
The breakfast, to be held at Knights of Columbus Hall, 77 Prescott St., will be free, but donations will be accepted.
The name of donor companies will appear on event signs, T-shirts and advertisements, he said.
For more information, contact Trottier at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-780-1927.