WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A Wichita non-profit, that helps people with disabilities, needs the public’s help after losing their only fundraiser.
Like any teenage boy, Max Kent loves video games. In fact, someday the 7th grader hopes to make it a career.
“I want to be a video game developer or a designer,” said Max.
While Max has a very high IQ, he lacks social skills. The 13-year-old has autism. He told KSN News he is bullied by his peers a lot.
“It makes me feel like I have no role in the world except to be a victim of bullying,” Max said.
That’s where Karen Frye comes in. Frye is the director of Purple Cow Farm, a nonprofit organization focused on helping people with developmental disabilities live a fulfilled life.
“It’s kind of a passion. It’s a mission,” Frye said.
For the last four years, Frye has been trying to move the non-profit out of her Wichita garage. The goal is to open up a Green Cow Reuse Center. The center would re-sell donated items while giving people like Max real-world work experience.
“The individual with developmental disability will work alongside their peer and receive social instruction,” she said.
They will also get paid. However, the Purple Cow Farm needs funding to do that.
Frye had to cancel the organizations only fundraising event, a poker tournament, because of legality issues.
“The laws indicate that it is considered a form of gambling where as I think it’s more of an interpretation of that law, but we were advised to avoid that for this year,” Frye said.
The Purple Cow Farm is now searching for any help it can get. Frye said the help would not just fund the non-profit, but it would fund a path for people with autism like Max.
“She means a lot to me and has helped me develop,” she said.
If you want to donate to the Purple Cow Farm, click here.