Each day of the week we celebrated with a fun theme, daily gifts and chances to win bigger prizes:

Monday we are lucky to have our employees and we hoped they were lucky too with lottery tickets.

Tuesday we celebrated a perfect fit and focused on a fitness—gave away a Fitbit

Wednesday we provided lunch for all.  Food is symbolic for love and appreciation when words are inadequate.

Thursday we toasted to our employees and all received a thermal drink tumbler.

Friday we provided ice cream and gift cards for all to get ready to chill out on the weekend.

We greatly appreciate the dedication, empathy and compassion that goes into caring for those who can not for themselves.



Express Scripts Sponsorship

Thank you to Express Scripts, a top 20 St. Louis employer, for being the Presenting Sponsor of the Wing Ding to benefit UCP Heartland programs! Wing Ding is coming to Queeny Park’s Greensfelder Arena August 8. A Fortune 100 company, Express Scripts is the largest pharmacy benefit management organization in the United States. Did you know Express Scripts was founded 32 years ago in St. Louis and today has more than 5,300 employees from the St. Louis region? To purchase admission to the Wing Ding and join Express Scripts in helping people and families living with disabilities, click here.

US Foods Sponsorship


Hats off to US Foods, for sponsoring the St. Louis Wing Ding coming to Queeny Park Greensfelder Arena August 8 to benefit the programs of UCP Heartland. As one of the largest food distributors in the United States, US Foods gives back to the communities where they live and work, empowering people with both nourishment and opportunity. Did you know that people with disabilities are required to live below the poverty line to qualify for government supported services? Companies like US Foods help people and families with disabilities access the nutrition they need to live life to the fullest. Come to the Wing Ding and help US Foods support UCP Hearland’s programs.To purchase admission, click here:

Sysco Sponsorship

UCP Heartland is proud to have Sysco as a sponsor of the St. Louis Wing Ding to benefit families living with disabilities. The Wing Ding is coming to Queeny Park Greensfelder Arena August 8. Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and other organizations. Sysco places strong focus on diversity and inclusion. Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans is living with a disability. Community partners like Sysco help make job opportunities come true for people with a diverse range of abilities. Join Sysco in supporting the programs of UCP Heartland by purchasing your Wing Ding tickets today at

Ascension Sponsorship

Accolades to Ascension for sponsoring UCP Heartland’s Wing Ding coming to Queeny Park August 8, and for committing itself to a mission of helping all people, especially people who are vulnerable. Ascension, the largest US Catholic health system, advocates for a compassionate and just society. Like UCP Heartland, Ascension helps people and families living with disabilities. Join Ascension in supporting the 2018 Wing Ding to benefit the programs of UCP Heartland by reserving your tickets here.

TD Ameritrade Sponsorship

A shout out to TD Ameritrade for sponsoring this year’s St. Louis Wing Ding coming to Queeny Park on August 8. TD Ameritrade has a large trading center in St Louis and is giving back to the community by supporting the programs of UCP Heartland that help more than 1,000 people with disabilities. TD Ameritrade provides services for people and institutions that are investing online and offers an electronic trading platform for the purchase and sale of financial securities. Join TD Ameritrade in helping people and families with disabilities by  purchasing your Wing Ding tickets today here.

The Daniel and Henry Co. Sponsorship

A giant thanks to The Daniel and Henry Company for sponsoring the St. Louis Wing Ding coming to Queeny Park August 8. For more than 90 years, The St. Louis based Daniel and Henry Company has been providing clients with maximum insurance protection in a timely and efficient manner – a commitment that began during the Roaring Twenties and continues to this very day. Join the Daniel and Henry Company in helping people with disabilities live life to the fullest by reserving your Wing Ding tickets here.

Writing, gardening unraveled the mystery of God

John was motivated and guided by the question of “Why did God make me?” He related to the answer found in the Baltimore Catechism: “God made me to know Him, to love Him and to serve Him in this world and to be happy with Him forever in heaven.”

Family members said he was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy. is parents, other family members and friends cared for him. Despite physical limitations, he found a calling in gardening and writing. He used a little red wagon to slowly inch around the garden and encounter the mystery of God. His handwriting was unreadable, so he learned to use a typewriter. He used his left hand to hold his right wrist, guiding a finger to type one letter at a time.

After John died in 2013, his family found ways to spread John’s message of the dignity of all life and looking beyond limitations to see what can be achieved.

Read more of this story by Joseph Kenny on the St. Louis Review by clicking HERE.