Written by J.L. Haler
April 14, 2018
The constant stream of rain didn’t deter the participants of the Walk for Autism by Panhandle Autism Society.
A loving and supportive atmosphere greeted us as we walked to the start in McEuen Park. One of my favorite aspects of runs/walks in the area is the sense of community, support, and encouragement. This is something I have discovered more as my son participates in local races.
Children were bouncing in bouncy castles, getting their faces painted, and drawing at an art table. There were raffle prizes, items for purchase, and smiling volunteers all around. When I asked a volunteer what to do to donate, she laughed and replied, “We’ll take it!”
The walk started with some participants taking off in a dash and the rest following at their own paces. Standing in the pavilion and seeing a long line of people gathered together for a good cause and in support of those who may need extra help was a wonderful sight to see. Some participants were lucky enough to find hidden puzzle pieces along the path that earned them extra rewards.
When we left, the rain was still falling, and the moods were still lifted. Happy children, money for a good cause, and smiling faces all around make a good start for any day.
If you, or anyone you know, needs information/support on autism please go to the website and check it out. Panhandle Autism Society
Want to donate? You can earn them money with your smile.amazon purchases as well as link your Fred Meyer reward card.
Want to volunteer or become a member? Again, check out their site. Panhandle Autism Society
Want to participate in a half mile walk to help those who need it? Check out their Walk for Autism next year.
I love spending time with my family doing all the wonderful activities in the Inland Northwest.