Thursday, May 7, 2009

Charity. Autism Speaks. It's Time to Listen.


Charity is a virtue of the heart, and not of the hands.
Joseph Addison

Be good, be kind, be humane, and charitable; love your fellows; console the afflicted; pardon those who have done you wrong.

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill

In charity there is no excess.
Sir Francis Bacon

This month’s Embrace the Lace theme is Charity, and we felt that there couldn’t be a a more appropriate way to celebrate Charity and everything it encompasses than to support an organization that is near and dear to our hearts ~ Autism Speaks. With autism spectrum disorders now diagnosed in 1 out of 150 children nationally, it’s critical for organizations such as Autism Speaks to receive support from the community. Supporting Autism Speaks contributes to autism research, awareness, advocacy, and family services – and provides hope to those who are affected by this disorder.

This month will be full of Charity - Charity to those who give and Charity to those who receive. By donating $5 or more to Autism Speaks throughout the month of May and June, you will not only be supporting a wonderful organization and cause, but your name will also be entered to win a large assortment of prizes we have lined up from all of the Embrace the Lace dyers, designers and artists. For each $5 you donate, your name will be entered to win a prize - so, for instance, if you donate $10, your name will be entered to win twice. We will continuously be adding prizes to the pot too, so be sure to keep the most updated by visiting the prize page frequently.

We have included a PDF on the left hand side bar with all of the details on how to make your donation and the list of prizes we currently have donated.

All winners will be notified via email on July 1, 2009, and we will post a complete list of all winners (and prizes) on the blog in the first week of July.

Give the gift of Charity this month. Autism Speaks. It's time to listen.

We have the most amazing package planned for you this month - filled with all sots of wonderful goodies. We are scheduled to ship packages out near the end of May; however, we may be shipping a bit early this month - we will be in touch via email as to when the packages are ready to ship. In your packages, you will find a mini-contest of sorts, and there will be several winners for that as well. Lots of chances this month to win some amazing prizes...feeling charitable yet?

Happy May!

1 comment:

  1. As a mother of a five-year-old with autism, I am so pleased to hear that you have chosen autism awareness and charity as the theme this month, coincidentally the month of my son’s birthday. My son was born with number of health problems and developmental delays. But as first-time parents with little knowledge of autism or child development, we would not have known what was wrong with our child had we not brought him to an astute neurologist who pointed us in the right direction. Although the diagnosis is scary at first (most people have visions of Rainman, someone incapable of showing love), the reality is many of these kids are affectionate, wonderful and smart. Like Catherine’s (Mama Llama’s) son, my son is sweet, enjoys life and loves to hug. He plays well with other children because he doesn’t experience jealousy and doesn’t mind sharing. However, he is still nonverbal and delayed and I have a feeling, will always be in his own little (albiet happy) world. Through early diagnosis and intervention, many children with autism can grow up and lead productive and independent lives, a wish any parent has for their child. But because so little is known about the affliction, diagnosis and treatment can be tricky. Every parent I know who has a child with autism has become their own expert on his/her child and his/her treatment. There is no blanket cure, you will never get the same answers from any “expert” and it is a daily struggle to be your child’s advocate. And that is why more needs to be done to spread awareness and provide support for parents who are basically navigating these unknown waters with rudimentary maps. I urge everyone to give as much as they are able to this cause. With the statistics being 1 out of 150 (see, we have already met this just within this group) this is a condition that can touch everyone.