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Every week, Hadassah Oliveira and her mother Juliana arrive at Spectrum Gymnastics in Brockton.Nine-year-old Hadassah said she loves to practice the sport. Something her mother said she did long before taking lessons.”She’s always flipped around to do handstands against the sofa,” Oliveira said.Hadassah said when she masters a new move, it makes her feel great.”I feel really happy because I did something that I thought I would never do,” she said.Oliveira said she wasn’t too sure Hadassah would be able to participate in organized gymnastics.She said her family has been through many struggles including a bad accident a few years ago.Also, Oliveira’s youngest child has significant and costly health challenges.She said paying for extras, like gymnastics, is impossible.”As a person, as a human being, it’s hard,” Oliveira said. “You don’t want to be in that situation.”A nonprofit organization called ConfiKids, founded by Rachel Calabrese stepped in to help.Based in Foxborough, ConfiKids invites families in need to apply for grants. The organization then provides funds for a variety of enrichment activities.“Karate, dance, all sports,” Calabrese said, “Swimming lessons, music.”Calabrese said she was inspired to create ConfiKids because of her work.”I was a coach and a recreational director and saw that some kids couldn’t afford to pay for the programs,” Calabrese said.Programs that she said allow children to expand their social circles, learn new skills and build confidence.Oliveira said for Hadassah, who suffers from a painful form of psoriasis, the outlet of gymnastics has helped tremendously.”She is happy,” Oliveira said. “No more pain. It’s cleared off her skin.”Since ConfiKids was founded in 2017, thanks to the generosity of donors, Calabrese said the organization has helped fund activities for more than 700 children.You can find out more about supporting their efforts here.

Every week, Hadassah Oliveira and her mother Juliana arrive at Spectrum Gymnastics in Brockton.

Nine-year-old Hadassah said she loves to practice the sport. Something her mother said she did long before taking lessons.

“She’s always flipped around to do handstands against the sofa,” Oliveira said.

Hadassah said when she masters a new move, it makes her feel great.

“I feel really happy because I did something that I thought I would never do,” she said.

Oliveira said she wasn’t too sure Hadassah would be able to participate in organized gymnastics.

She said her family has been through many struggles including a bad accident a few years ago.

Also, Oliveira’s youngest child has significant and costly health challenges.

She said paying for extras, like gymnastics, is impossible.

“As a person, as a human being, it’s hard,” Oliveira said. “You don’t want to be in that situation.”

A nonprofit organization called ConfiKids, founded by Rachel Calabrese stepped in to help.

Based in Foxborough, ConfiKids invites families in need to apply for grants. The organization then provides funds for a variety of enrichment activities.

“Karate, dance, all sports,” Calabrese said, “Swimming lessons, music.”

Calabrese said she was inspired to create ConfiKids because of her work.

“I was a coach and a recreational director and saw that some kids couldn’t afford to pay for the programs,” Calabrese said.

Programs that she said allow children to expand their social circles, learn new skills and build confidence.

Oliveira said for Hadassah, who suffers from a painful form of psoriasis, the outlet of gymnastics has helped tremendously.

“She is happy,” Oliveira said. “No more pain. It’s cleared off her skin.”

Since ConfiKids was founded in 2017, thanks to the generosity of donors, Calabrese said the organization has helped fund activities for more than 700 children.

You can find out more about supporting their efforts here.

https://www.wcvb.com/article/5-for-good-foxborough-charity-funds-enrichment-activities-for-kids/36004040

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