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Our goal at Puzzle Ribbons is to help autistic children in developing countries. Many children in these countries suffer from a lack of medical attention, as well as social acceptance. At Puzzle Ribbons we regularly host events to spread awareness of this issue and to raise money to provide resources for autistic children in developing countries. Read about our past events and join our mailing list to be notified of future events!
Annual Walks for Autism
Puzzle Ribbons hosts annual Walks for Autism in September at Harry Dunham Park. It's a great way to meet new people, enjoy some snacks, and learn about autism. In the past we have had speakers from Autism Speaks join us to share more about autism, current research, and Autism Speaks initiatives. Please reach out for more details on how you can attend the next event.
Annual Bake Sales
Puzzle Ribbons hosts annual bake sales in May at the Pingry School. In doing so we spread autism awareness while also raising money for autistic children in developing countries. The sale is during middle school and high school lunches and many students get involved by baking, selling, or buying the baked goods. The sale is always very successful and the line extends down the hall!
Annual Toy Drives
Puzzle Ribbons hosts annual toy and book drives during the holidays for the Goryeb Children's Center at the Morristown Children's Hospital. We collect new or gently used toys and books from students at the Pingry School, as well as from people in our community. Please reach out if you have any new or gently used toys or books you would like to donate.
While the money Puzzle Ribbons' raises goes towards spreading autism awareness and providing resources for autistic children in developing countries, I also try to personally help autistic children.
In April 2017 our family friend Maria's house and car burnt down, but luckily everyone survived. She is a single mother of 3 autistic children and a dog. I collected $600 and a used car to help her and her family. If you would like to read more or donate click here to read my blog post.
In May 2014, the cast of my middle school play and I performed Haroun and the Sea of Stories for a local school for autistic kids. After the show we all had lunch together. They loved the show and we enjoyed meeting them!
When I visited India in 2014, I handed out gifts to the autistic children at Lok Nayak Hospital in New Delhi, India, and it was rewarding seeing their faces light up. Many of these children came from impoverished backgrounds and they greatly appreciated the toys. I also took some time to watch and join in one of their classes where the children played with toys, watched videos, and learned to interact with the other kids.
Raise Autism Awareness in Schools and Communities (RAAS/RAAC)
Puzzle Ribbons is working with various elementary schools and organizations to raise awareness among their communities. The initiative consists of assessing current autism awareness levels and distributing information on how to recognize early signs of autism and how to seek further help. Thanks to all the volunteers in India who are helping conduct autism awareness workshops, surveys, and campaigns!