By: Isaiah Showell, Follow South Jersey Multimedia Journalist/’What’s Good’ Host
VINELAND, N.J. — On Saturday, local nonprofit From We Can’t To We Can held a fashion show for children with special needs at the Landis Theater in Vineland.
A sizeable crowd showed up to the Landis Theater for Saturday night’s event, which gave children with special needs a chance to be recognized. The children, some of whom were accompanied by their parents, strutted their stuff on stage.
“In the beginning, we didn’t have many people,” Trinity Jagdeo, the CEO of From We Can’t To We Can, said prior to the start of the event. “Now that I see that people are literally flying through [the doors], it feels amazing to just feel the support from your surrounding community.”
Jagdeo said her organization has been planning this event for about a year, and the children’s excitement built up even more during the rehearsal held by the organization prior to Saturday’s big show.
The nonprofit’s CEO was inspired to create her nonprofit because of her relationship with her best friend Alexus, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Jagdeo learned about the struggles people with disabilities have to endure and decided to make a video and sent it to Disney asking the company to create a princess character with disabilities. This request was met with no response, so Jagdeo then decided to take matters into her own hands and create From We Can’t To We Can.
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