Throughout the year we are reminded that the autism community is among the most generous groups in the country; our families answer the call for help every time as we create fundraising events and awareness campaigns all year long. So we turn to our extended communities for help during November and December with our Annual Appeal. We couple this appeal with Giving Tuesday .
We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.
On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It’s a simple idea. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.
What is #GIVEITUP4AUTISM ?
Last year, HMEA’s Autism Resource Central started a movement, where supporters gave something up for the month of November, and repurposed that money by donating it to Autism Resource Central on GivingTuesday. People gave up things that they could live without such as their daily Dunkin’s coffee, that extra bottle of wine, and weekend shopping with friends.To share their stories, they made short video clips (which can be done on your phone) and stated what they would give up and then passed the challenge along to their friends.
These short video clips were posted on social media with the hashtags #Giveitup4autism #GivingTuesday.This year, we would like to have at least 100 short video clips posted throughout September and October by supporters stating what we will give up during the month of November in order to donate to the center on #GivingTuesday, post your video to https://www.facebook.com/autismresourcecenter/.
While everyone prepares for the season of giving, chances are your family or business faced some of its biggest challenges ever. For families of children with autism, every day is a challenge regardless of the economy. Our children cannot ‘cut back’ on their disability. The Center continues to face an uncertain future, and our reliance upon the generosity of the community is greater than ever because we are dependent upon State funding for the critical programs we provide to families.
We remind the communities of Central Massachusetts that the support we provide allows families to enjoy the same kinds of activities that most take for granted, and to stay strong through their journeys with autism – throughout the year. All donations are, of course, tax deductible; most importantly, they remind us that generosity and compassion can be found everywhere.