'Tis the Season for Giving

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Monica Richardson, Fund Development Manager, Autism Ontario

2 minute read - This holiday season, won’t it be wonderful to look someone in the eye again in person, see a smile, and share in the festivities? This is truly one of the best gifts we could receive. We will have a chance to do something kind, whether it's by sharing a meal, giving a present, or even hugging a special person! 

Autism Ontario was blessed with acts of kindness all year. We are grateful to the staff and volunteers who stay steadfast in their efforts to make a difference for people with autism. We have been able to continue to support thousands of people across Ontario. And we are humbled by the generosity of people like you, who give us gifts of time and money. 

People like Wyatt Fritjers and his family show us the meaning of kindness! 

This past summer Wyatt showed his steer Rufus at the Premier Fallsview Junior Jackpot show. He worked hard to get Rufus ready, washing and brushing him twice a day! When his parents asked Wyatt what he would do with the money from the sale of Rufus, without hesitation he said, “give it to Autism Ontario.” Wyatt knew his gift would help his sister Willow, who is autistic, and others like her. From the sale of tickets, Rufus raised $20,750 and donated $10,375 to Autism Ontario’s Huron Perth Chapter, now part of the West Region. You can read more about Wyatt here.

Because we are involved at the local level, we hear and see impactful stories like this one, of people and their families living with autism. This is why it’s so important that we can support people where they live, and it’s one of the many valuable ways Autism Ontario makes a real difference. Your donations enable us to do that. 

Each of you is part of Autism Ontario’s extended family. Your gifts have ensured that all people with autism – children, teens, adults – and their families are supported throughout their life course. 

Your donations help our staff and volunteers support our vision of “best life, better world, making autism matter” through advocacy, education, awareness and so much more. 

With your generosity and kindness, we will continue the meaningful work we have been doing for almost 50 years. You can read about the impact you have made in our newest annual report.

Will you help us again this year with a donation?