“He make’th His Angels wind…”His servants like flames of fire”
The Adventures of TOBY and CAPTAIN Hook
(his faithful service dog).
Toby is a 4 yr old boy (2019) who was born with multiple disabilities. His diagnosis was not promising. At birth he had stokes, which effected both sides of his brain, each with its own complications. In fact he was not expected to live.
Bob and Jody Bingham, were involved in the foster/adoption program. They were familiar with children and disabilities. At the time they met Toby he was in the NICU intensive care for children Their role was to “foster” him through what was thought to be his few days or months of life. They spent hours at the hospital, loving and nursing him. In fact he responded so well, they eventually took him home.
As far as they were concerned, this diagnosis was unacceptable. They felt that with love and attention and so, so many prayers, that Toby would make it.
And of course we know they were right. But no one expected him to do as well as he has. This little guy has thrived to say the least, under the care of loving parents and family.
Yes I say parents because, although Bob and Jody were looking towards their future retirement. God had other plans for all of them.
They would in fact fall deeply in love with this precious boy. Once you meet him through his stories and or in person, you will know exactly why they could not bare to let him go.
With training in speech therapy Jody has been able to help Toby talk clearly. Bob working with Optometrist has made sure Toby has the correct fitting glasses. And through a multitude of frustration, paper shuffling,and bureaucracy, they and their grown children have nursed, loved, and encouraged this little guy through some tough times.
The entire family, including Toby know that God provided many miracles so that Toby could and would be a living testimony to this world. In 2018 it was decided that a “service dog” would greatly help Toby to be more independent. They had no idea this would take a huge amount of money, time and frustration to accomplish.
This family is average , middle class, working individuals. Jody now a stay at home mom, had to find creative means to get what Toby needed. And she is a fierce mom. One to be reckoned with if there is a barrier between her and her sons needs. But it goes further than this. Jody is a fierce advocate for disabled children.
In 2019 she was invited to speak at a national conference for disabled children, held in Washington D.C.
No easy task for this vibrant but “shy” individual, who does not bring attention to herself but to the needs of others. Nonetheless she did it. Proof that her devotion to these children is a true calling of God. Bob is an incredible father. Teaching Toby the “ways of men” so to speak. He and Toby “work” on projects together, with Captain always at their heels. Toby loves working with his Dad, playing, camping with family and overall being “Dads sidekick” Bob is a quiet, patient man, he is there for this family in so many ways. At the sound of “alarm” no matter where he is or what he is doing, Bob is there! He is gentle but firm and Toby glows when seeing him come in the door. They are “best bud’s” For details about Toby and Captain, and thus our fundraising idea. Please read the following article.
Fundraiser is on August 10th at 8am
Location: Chino Valley ACE Hardware 1395 S Hwy 89 ChinoValley Time 8-2
What: Vendors, Raffles, Auction, Games, Car wash
The History of Empty Bowls Adriana and Nina did not invent Empty Bowls. It started back in the early 1990s when Lisa Blackburn and John Hartom decided to do something to counteract the negative news around hunger and poverty in their area. So John, a high-school ceramics teacher, challenged his students to throw 120 bowls which they used at the first Empty Bowls luncheon held at the school, charging $5 per bowl to raise funds to fight hunger. The event was a success and right away people began duplicating it all over the country and, eventually, all over the world.
My neighbor Adriana, an amateur potter, first read about Empty Bowls in a magazine called and was immediately taken