“The ‘Spirit of a Child’ is a delicate thing. This emerging ‘life force’ needs to be nurtured – brought along with trust, responsibility, encouragement and vision,” says Michael McMeel, of New Tazewell, TN, and founder of Inner City Slickers Program. Inner City Clickers (ICS) helps the child develop the mechanics of living a productive and rewarding life. The goal of the program is to guide the children and give them the life tools to become well adjusted, balanced, alert and imaginative human beings: compassionate, fully expressed, responsible and empowered to think for themselves; children that are a true asset to the community: the Dream-Makers of Tomorrow. According to Michael, ICS is in about 40 cities around the country.
In 2013, Leota Joyner Johnson from Sunnyside began working with Michael McMeel to bring the ICS program to Nevada, and more specifically to Eastern Nevada. What started out as a one-day event on her beautiful ranch at Sunnyside in 2013, 2014, and 2015, ICS Sunnyside held the same event for two days in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. The program at the ranch has been suspended in 2020 and 2021 because of Covid, but Michael and Leota continue to provide guidance to the children in White Pine County.
The ICS Sunnyside group was at it again last month delivering stuffed animals to kids and in return getting big smiles and hugs.
Leota Johnson, Don Allison, Beverly Cornutt, and Lois Weaver visited McGill Elementary School, Magic
Carpet Preschool, David E. Norman Preschool, and Little People’s Head Start to give the animals to the preschool children. What a joy seeing all the smiles of the children when they hugged their new toys! Toys were also given to Mt. Wheeler Power Co. for their Santa’s Elves program.
The toys were donated by PetSmart in Tucson, Arizona. Every year, the Toys Across America organization, part of Michael McMeel’s Awareness Foundation and Inner City Slickers (ICS) Program, delivers toys to children all over America, thanks to the very generous donation of PetSmart all across the country.
Usually in November or December, someone from ICS Sunnyside makes the trip to a PetSmart to pick up the donated animals. Beverly and Dan Cornutt made that trip in early November to PetSmart when they were in Tucson visiting with family! Their Jeep was stuffed with animals! Bev’s sister Carol helped to load the Jeep and as Bev stuffed the last bag in, Carol said “don’t open this door until you get home or you will lose all the animals!”
It’s always a joy to see the smiles on the kids’ faces when they receive their animals! Thank you PetSmart for your very generous donation!!!
Information about ICS Sunnyside, and what they can do for your child and your family, can be provided by contacting Leota Johnson at 775-289-9401. More information can be found at ICS – Sunnyside, NV on Facebook or at InnerCitySlickers.com.