Let Me Shake Your Hand, Sophia Schindel 

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sophiaBy Susan Heckler

There are many different degrees of caring.  A person can have empathy or sympathy and care in that way  or a person can go the extra step with drive and determination and actually do something to change someone else’s circumstances. Eleven year old Sophia Schindel cares from deep in her heart.

Sophia is an Ambassador for a fundraising event for Special Olympics NJ, which is taking place on Sunday October 19, 2014 from 11am-3pm at the Forsgate Country Club in Monroe. The event is The American Girl Fashion Show.  According to the website for Special Olympics NJ, they have planned “A fun-filled event for young girls, their families and friends and their favorite dolls! Peek into the past to see American Girl historical clothing, and then see what is new for special occasions, school, sleep and play. You will discover how generations of American girls have used clothing to express their style and personality. Come celebrate the sparkle and spirit of American girl style. Enjoy snacks, favors, fashions, a raffle and auction and much more!
All proceeds to benefit Special Olympics New Jersey.” For information on the event, check out SONJ.org or call 609-896-8000.

Sophia’s efforts have already raised $2,000 for a cause she believes in. Special Olympics NJ’s mission is “to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.”

In addition, Sophia will set aside time to volunteer for the local special needs Girl Scout troop and lend a hand where she can.

Kudos go to Mark and Mary Schindel, Sophia’a parents for encouraging their daughter to get involved. A big handshake from The Millstone Times goes to Sophia, who shows so much passion for volunteering and helping others at such a young age.