Raffle items needed for ASPIES, Greater Akron, Inc.

Raffle items needed for ASPIES, Greater Akron, Inc.


We all need support sometimes on our journey.  One of the first places that I found support was a group called ASPIES of Greater Akron.  Joy, the founder, is a parent of a teenage Aspie and she works tirelessly to help other parents and young adults get needed information and support.  The group meets regularly and there is always a really good speaker that provides information and we of course get to discuss our issues with other parents.  There is also a group of young adults that get together.  Both groups also hold fun events where the Aspies can all get together and have a great time.  My son had an awesome time at Go-Karting this year.  And I also know Joy has even bigger plans in the future for this group.  I have volunteered to help with the Christmas party and one of the big needs is obtaining items for the raffles.  Below is the letter since I figured this was a good to share info in case any businesses out there wanted to donate any items for the kids!!  Thank you for your time.


      ASPIES Greater Akron, Inc.



November 11, 2011

Dear Sir/Madam:


With a history of over 6 years, ASPIES is well known in the Northeast Ohio area for the support we offer families and adult individuals dealing with Asperger Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism, PDD-NOS, and other spectrum disorders. Our Akron parent group has been operating fulltime for 6 years. Our Akron adult group (for individuals on the spectrum over 18 years of age) has been around for 3 years. In October 2010, we started a new parent support group in Canton. Besides the monthly programs we sponsor, we provide phone and online support as well as collaborate with other agencies and organizations. We sponsor low-cost community events in which our families can participate.


Although individuals with these disorders typically have average to above-average intelligence, they have difficulty making and keeping friends. Their limited social skills often result in poor self-esteem, erratic behavior, and being viewed as “weird” by their peers. Children, though often included in classrooms with those without disabilities, are by-passed for birthday parties, sleepovers, and such. In spite of wanting to have friends, adults are also often lonely and unable to maintain friendships. It is imperative that we promote social opportunities for these individuals to enhance their social skills.


Annually through the generosity of individuals and companies like you, we host a Christmas party for both the adult group and our kids. Last year we had over 120 folks in attendance at our kids’ party and 42 at our adult party. Our adult party is scheduled to take place on Thursday, December 1st with catered finger food, games and Christmas pictures being taken. We would like to be able to surprise those adults on the spectrum with a small gift of some kind. Our kids’ party will occur on Tuesday, December 20th. We have lots of crafts, games, and other activities scheduled as well as the much anticipated visit from Santa Claus! We would like to have small gifts for each child in attendance (including siblings because they have to deal with the disability as well).


This is the reason for our request – We continue to increase the size of our group, and since last year alone have added over 50 families/individuals to our database. This does not even include those families that receive our support through our over 150 teachers and other professionals. We expect our two parties this year to be the biggest activities we have held to date. Our elves have been hard at work securing the supplies needed and had hoped to have gotten everything prior to Thanksgiving, however, we are still in need of a few items:


• $5 gift cards for our older teens/adult population (approximately 20 needed)

• Paper products and drinks for our kids’ party

• Low cost raffle items (a ticket is given to each child and adult on the spectrum in attendance for free; others may be purchased)

• Larger raffle items are handled in a Silent Auction fashion


Anything you can provide will be greatly appreciated and not go unnoticed. Our volunteers are creative – we can use anything you provide. ASPIES is a completely volunteer organization, and 100% of our funding goes directly back into our program operations. Again this year, we will be printing up a program flyer indicating which individuals and companies have participated. We would love to be able to include YOU in that flyer! Please include a business card with your donation for advertising purposes.


Also, this year, our Christmas events are being co-sponsored by Lift Up Ministries so that donations are tax deductible. We will confirm that information in writing upon receipt of your donation. (We are awaiting our IRS approval.) Should you have any questions or require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone at 330-745-5115 or by email at Rreindeer@aol.com.





Joy R. Spencer, Executive Director

ASPIES Greater Akron, Inc.



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