WIS viewers answer the call to help non-profit

Published: Sep. 20, 2010 at 8:01 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2010 at 3:33 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Last week, Dawn Darby worried that she might have to shut down her non-profit after being denied a bank loan.

Since then, WIS viewers have opened their hearts and their wallets to help the ailing Therapy Place. Viewers have donated nearly $12,000 to Darby's operation since the story aired.

"We've just been very impressed with how the community has come out to support us and folks who know how needed this service is for children with special needs," said Darby.

The non-profit facility helps kids with autism, cerebral palsy, and down syndrome.

The 7,500 square foot building needs another handicapped accessible bathroom. That will cost $35,000.

The rest of the needed money, $115,000, would go to hire seven therapists and buy equipment.

"These children are an under-served population and to know the children and to know how much they go through to do the simplest tasks, if you spent time with them it's easier to give, but we're so impressed," said Darby.

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