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Farm needs donations to run autism program

KABC-TV covers Los Angeles and Southern California.

January 31, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Danny's Farm, a non-profit organization that runs an afterschool program for special-needs kids, needs donations.

Danny Gott and his co-workers share a special bond to the bunnies they hold, and to each other. They are the special-needs adults who run Danny's Farm, an afterschool program where special-needs children interact with animals.

Danny has autism. Four years ago, his parents, Cathy and Jim Gott, a former Los Angeles Dodger professional baseball player, started the non-profit organization to give Danny a place to work and thrive.

But the location at the Almansor Center in South Pasadena is only temporary. The original farm was in Altadena, until last month.

The farm was not in compliance with zoning regulations. The Gotts were forced to put their pigs, goats, donkeys and chickens into several temporary stables.

Even though there's less work to do at the temporary location, the Gotts did not lay off any of their workers. So when they're not at Danny's Farm, they're out volunteering in the community.

The farm has helped the co-workers develop work skills and form friendships.

And to continue the program that bears his name, Danny hopes private donors will pitch in, to bring the animals and farm hands together again under one roof.

Actor Alec Baldwin invites the public to attend Danny's Farm Barnyard Celebration, May 21, 2011, at a private home in San Marino. For ticket information, call (213) 607-4432.

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