LARC supports people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Their store is teaching some of their clients valuable life skills while getting people ready for Fat Tuesday.
Beads, Beads and more Beads. LARC’s Mardi Gras Beads-N-More store lives up to its name by being a place to donate and buy Mardi Gras beads.
First time shopper June Aycock says, “It’s good that so many people recycle the beads instead of just throwing them in the garbage can and that’s a way to give back to the community.”
It’s not all about the beads, what makes this store so special is the 12 LARC clients sorting and bagging them.
Carthy Guillet is the job development manager at LARC. She says, “It gives our individuals a job. They come here 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. a day all year long and that’s just what they do, they get paid pay their bills like everyone else.”
Or in the words of one of the clients, “Some more beads, more money.”
More beads also means more work. Something these clients enjoy. When they’re happy, so are their customers. Aycock says, “Just to see the joys on their faces and it’s fulfilling to them and it gives them purpose which I think is a great thing.”