Author Archives: Melissa Mootz

ByMelissa Mootz

Silent Auction Tree Blog Feature: Epilepsy Foundation of Iowa

The Epilepsy Foundation of Iowa provides meaningful help to Iowan’s impacted with seizure disorders and epilepsy. The mission of the Epilepsy Foundation is to stop seizures and SUDEP, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy through efforts including education, advocacy and research to accelerate ideas into therapies.

According to the Epilepsy Foundation of Iowa’s representative, Jessica Hunnell, “We can help families when a loved one is newly diagnosed with epilepsy and guide them to resources to help overcome challenges often associated with epilepsy to improve quality of life.  We provide education folders, as well as epilepsy medical ID necklaces/bracelets and epilepsy empowerment groups are held across the state.”

“Advocacy is a large part of what we do, and we are always advocating to improve access for all potential treatment options for seizure management and physician access.  Other advocacy efforts include helping navigate the IEP process in the school setting or collaborating with an employment counselor to help obtain and maintain employment with accommodations in place.  We organize & host an annual Iowa Seizure Smart Conference which brings in experts to educate families & caregivers on seizure treatment, management & social services and includes a community resource fair and an education program for children.”

The Epilepsy Foundation of Iowa will be using shades of purple, the Epilepsy Foundation’s color of epilepsy awareness, to trim their tree at the upcoming Christkindlmarket Des Moines’ 2nd annual Silent Tree Auction. If you are interested in bidding on this tree and supporting this organization, come to Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017, December 1st-3rd.

Click here for more information on the Epilepsy Foundation of Iowa.

 


 

Des Moines European Heritage Association connects Iowans with European traditions, language education and cultural experiences; and it provides resources and tools to other cultural heritage organizations.

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ByMelissa Mootz

Silent Auction Tree Blog Feature: A Home for EveryBunny

A Home for EveryBunny is Iowa’s only rabbit-specific rescue. Though rabbits are the third most popular pet in the US, they don’t typically get the unique care that their species requires. The goal of this organization is to provide the specific care required for rabbits, as well as to raise awareness of how amazing house rabbits are.

The rabbit rescue has only been in operation since May, but in those few short months, they have been able to rescue about 10 rabbits, and have many more on a waiting list for when foster homes open up. Some of these rabbits have come from absolute deplorable conditions, others were dumped to fend for themselves, and others were simply not wanted anymore.

According to Rachel McCarl, who works with the rescue, “Rabbits are not simply an animal to leave in a hutch. When brought into the home and socialized, these animals have similar personalities to cats. They are playful, loving, and can be very sassy! Rabbits are fantastic pets that are often overlooked, so we want to give them a spotlight.”

“Our tree’s theme will be ‘Snow Bunny’. It will be delicately decorated in snow white with hidden white rabbits throughout the tree. Adopted and adoptable rabbits with be subtly featured as well, making this tree even more meaningful, while also being a great pick for those who are and who are not as bunny crazy as we are.”

Christkindlmarket Des Moines is proud to support A Home for EveryBunny during our 2nd annual Silent Tree Auction. If you are interested in bidding on this tree and supporting this organization, come to Christkindlmarket Des Moines 2017 December 1st-3rd.

For more information on A Home for EveryBunny, please visit their website or Facebook page.

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