It can happen to anyone, and it can be tough having a family member with Autism. If you also have financial difficulties, then the holidays can be completely overwhelming. Sometimes, your family member with Autism does not understand, and there is no way to explain it to him or her. When that family member is a child, it can be even worse if there are siblings who are overwhelmingly disappointed too.
The stress can literally overwhelm your family.
The Holiday Family Assistance Fund
That’s where we come in. ARROAutism established this fund in 2007 to assist families during the holidays. In 2009 we gave gift cards to 43 Multnomah County families. In 2010 we gave similar assistance to 77 families. In 2011 response to fundraising was lackluster, but we were still able to buy gift cards for 42 families.
With your help, this year we can assist more families.
How Families are Selected
Families are nominated by their County Developmental Disabilities Program Case Manager.
Selected families are then given two gift cards; one from Fred Meyer’s to allow a variety of purchases, and one from New Seasons Markets to allow the purchase of quality holiday foods.
The number of families receiving these cards will depend on the amount of funding raised. All families selected will have one or more members with some form of Autism.
Make a Difference
Our families need your help! Please donate today so that we can make their holiday brighter!
All donations are gratefully accepted no matter what the amount is. Please make your donation today!