Benefitting Children In Need

<p>Children's Village</p>

Children's Village

While people enjoy their free short stack of pancakes from IHOP, we wanted to show you where the donations go locally.

Seven years ago, Amy Berkheimer gave birth to her son Eli, who lives with cerebral palsy.

Berkheimer and her newborn son were connected to the Children's Village, with help from the Children's Miracle Network.

"Those first few weeks were pretty scary and then as he got older and started getting physical therapy at cChilden's Village, they were able to help with that," said Berkheimer, "Because our insurance only covered a certain amount of physical therapy visits a year."

The Children's Village is a clinic dedicated to helping children with special needs, ranging from mental anomolies, to physical disorders.

A large portion of the Village's funding comes from the Children's Miracle Network, the same organization IHOP's across the nation are raising money for today.

The Village says it served over 4,000 children over the past year, and over 19,000 since it opened 15 years ago.

It says a lot of that success can be attributed to the donations made through the community, from people like you.

"It's really about all the people here in Yakima," said Childrens Village Director Jackie McPhee, "It is a community that should be extremely proud of their ability to support programs such as Children's Miracle Network."

Amy Berkheimer says it allows her son the best shot at a happy life.

"When your baby's sick and you don't know what you're doing, it's nice that you don't have to worry about the money at the beginning," said Berkheimer.