Local autism center seeking school supplies for special needs children
by WILLIAM WRIGHT
Aug 08, 2012 | 1626 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KITTY WEIR, the new president of the Cleveland CAC, is asking the community to help provide school supplies for children with autism in the Cleveland area. She is hoping to fill 20 backpacks with school supplies. Banner photo, WILLIAM WRIGHT
KITTY WEIR, the new president of the Cleveland CAC, is asking the community to help provide school supplies for children with autism in the Cleveland area. She is hoping to fill 20 backpacks with school supplies. Banner photo, WILLIAM WRIGHT
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The Cleveland-Chattanooga Autism Center is having a school supply drive for special needs children at Broad Street United Methodist Church, 263 Broad St., Cleveland, on Aug. 11 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kitty Weir, president of the Cleveland-CAC, said organizers are hoping to fill 20 backpacks with supplies for special needs children in the Cleveland area, and are asking for community support.

“We need any items the public is willing to donate,” Weir said. “This would go to a number of different children. If anyone would like to help us further our cause we will gladly accept any assistance we can get. As a nonprofit organization we appreciate volunteers. We still need items and funding to help these children so they won’t ever be forgotten. Companies can also help us by providing funds in the form of a grant or by donating goods and services.”

Weir, who has an autistic child of her own, is also coordinating a Cleveland-CAC support group in Bradley County, promoting the theme: “Courage, Strength, Faith and Hope — I am more than Autism.”

“This is a chance for families dealing with autism to be with other families in the same situation,” she said. “Come join our meetings and see what we are all about.”

The first meeting will be held Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Broad Street Methodist Church. There will be a discussion about the vision and goals for the local agency. Refreshments will also be available.

For further information, to get involved or to receive updates about upcoming meetings, contact Kitty Weir, call 423-637-6791 or email: clevelandautismcenter@gmail.com.