Autism Cares Foundation Hosts Joyous 2016 Holiday Party for Record Numbers


Autism Cares Foundation Will Host Joyous 2016 Holiday Party for Record Numbers

By Debra Forman

Walking into an Autism Cares Foundation Holiday Party it is easy to see the look of sheer joy on the faces of the children and adults who share in the uplifting festivities.

More than 450 local children,teens, and adults with autism, and other special needs, and their family members, will attend this unique event filled with music, gifts, twinkling lights and other decorations, arts and crafts, and holiday spirit.

The annual family-friendly event will be held on Friday, Dec.9, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the cafeteria at Council Rock High School South, 2002 Rock Way, Holland, PA. 18966.

This is also the perfect time for friends and families to come together to celebrate and enjoy a visit from a special visitor who is sure to delight everyone; a jolly fellow in a bright red suit. IMG_0264

The free, fun-filled evening is an opportunity for participants to enjoy all kinds of holiday music, dancing,socialization, arts and crafts, and games. The scrumptious dinner buffet will be provided by B & T Catering, and Dolan DJ’s will provide the entertainment.

A delicious buffet dinner and desserts, including cookies, cakes and other treats, will be provided. Many of the participants also offered to bring home-made cakes, cookies and other desserts. Some 75 volunteers, many of them local high school and college students, will be there to lend a helping hand.

A photographer will be there to capture the special moments as each child and adult with special needs receives a gift from Santa Claus. These family photos, from On the Spot Memories, are keepsakes that the families will appreciate for years to come.

“The holiday party is a perfect time for families to come together and share the love and spirit of the season,” said Linda Kuepper, co-founder and CEO of the Autism Cares Foundation.

“We are thrilled to see that the Autism Cares Foundation has touched so many lives, and it brings all of us such great joy to see how happy everyone is to come to this holiday party,” Linda Kuepper said. “I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of the hard work that goes into making this happen.”

IMG_0224The non-profit Autism Cares Foundation provides up to 200 free events, programs, and life enrichment activities annually for children, teens, and young adults on the autism spectrum and their families.

The Autism Cares Foundation also has a new Adult Services Division that provides life, enrichment, job skills and job training opportunities for those over age 21 with developmental disabilities in a day habilitation program. Like all Autism Cares Foundation programs and activities, this takes place in a safe and respectful environment.

The Autism Cares Foundation is supported by various fundraising events throughout the year, and encourages local families, businesses, individuals, and community leaders to become involved.

The Autism Cares Foundation was recently approved to offer adult services, which are sorely needed as the children served grow and thrive into teens and young adults. These young people need job skills training, job coaches, and business networking so they may fill future jobs and become productive members of the greater community.

What was merely a dream some eight years ago, is now a dedicated group of families, volunteers, donors, sponsors,and more coming together to improve the lives of those on the autism spectrum,and other special needs, as their needs grow and evolve.