Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Have YOU Heard About The Awesomely Unique Way You & Your Friends Can Support @AutismOklahoma Just by Shopping at #TheTithingCloset in OKC?

 
I know that it has been a while since I have posted but, I would like to announce  a wonderful opportunity that benefits AutismOklahoma.org and recognizes the grassroots nonprofit organization in the surrounding community! I was recently contacted by the co-owner of The Tithing Closet, the newly-opened thrift store located at 2605 N. MacArthur Boulevard, Oklahoma City, OK 73127. She had something interesting to tell me about the activity she was experiencing in her store. First, let me explain a little bit about the philosophy of the organization behind the name of the store...
 
The Tithing Closet is an organization believes in giving back to the community in the form of tithing and giving 10% of what you've been blessed with to the betterment of another. The tithing program is not based on religion and is not influenced by the religious belief of the owners, in fact, they welcome all religions and individuals. When a customer makes a purchase at this thrift store, the receipt from their purchase can be designated towards a charity or organization in the community who has signed up with their location. The Tithing Closet accepts up to five charities per month for customers to choose to support when donating the receipt from their purchase.
 
Back to the exciting news that I mentioned. Earlier this month, there were several customers who mentioned AutismOklahoma.org while making their purchase at The Tithing Closet. One of the customers even pulled up my blog to get my email address so that the owner of the thrift store could contact me about AutismOklahoma.org becoming one of the five organizations that their customers can choose to support. Since their store has only just opened, AutismOklahoma.org will continue as one of the five organizations available to choose from until end of July. And if each of our supporters will introduce themselves to the co-owner, Lazara Gonzalez, when choosing to support AutismOklahoma.org through their purchase of items at the Tithing Closet, we will receive an additional 2% of support from that receipt donated to us...making it a total of 12% and that support will add up amazingly quick during the month!!! 
 
So if YOU like shopping at thrift stores, especially those who give back to our community, please check out The Tithing Closet at 2605 N. MacArthur Blvd and be sure to introduce yourself when choosing to support AutismOklahoma.org with the donation of your receipt at checkout!! If we get enough customers choosing to support AutismOklahoma.org, we may be given the extraordinary opportunity of continuing as an organization receiving year-round support from The Tithing Closet!!!! Be sure to tell ALL of your friends about this truly unique opportunity to support our grassroots nonprofit, AutismOklahoma.org!!!!!!!!
 
Lorrie Servati,
AutismOKC Leader & Coordinator

 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Be Sure to Mark Your Calendars and Join Us to Support @AutismOklahoma Through the Upcoming Restaurant #GiveBackNights!

Come and meet your friends for dinner! You can enjoy a great meal, have a good time and know that you are helping by making a donation to a great cause with every meal! Check out the Restaurant Dates for other great opportunities to support the upcoming 2016 AutismOklahoma PieceWalk & 5K! 

We hope that YOU will make plans to join us on Tuesday, June 16th from 4:00pm to close at 7900 S. Walker on the southside of OKC for dinner. This is a great opportunity to catch up with family, friends and/or co-workers while enjoying the summer! Please tell your waitstaff that you are there in support of AutismOklahoma and that participating Johnny Carino's location will donate a portion of the proceeds to AutismOklahoma!! Be sure to tell everyone you know about this event!



Join us on Thursday, June 25th from 2:00pm to 8:00pm 1505 S.W. 74th Street in OKC to enjoy either a late lunch and/or dinner! Please let your waitstaff know that you are there to support AutismOklahoma and the southside Schlotzsky's location will donate a portion of the proceeds to AutismOklahoma!! We  look forward to seeing YOU there!


Now, this AutismOklahoma fundraiser is one that YOU will want to put on the calendar on your phone, your computer and refrigerator!! If you have ever eaten at Earl's Rib Palace, you have most likely enjoyed "The Brownie" for dessert. The Earl's Rib Palace in Moore, located at 920 SW 25th Street just off the I-35 Service Road, will be donating 100% of the proceeds from all of the brownie sales on Wednesday, July 15th from 5:00pm - 9:00pm in support of AutismOklahoma!!!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Fathers Needed for Research Study on Playing with Their Sons with #Autism

     Jason contacted me with information on this study a few weeks back. Unfortunately, at that time I was studying for my college finals. I am just now sharing this with you. If you are, or someone you know might be interested, in participating in this study, please contact Jason Bloom either through the email address or the phone number listed below. 
     Have a great Memorial Day weekend!                                                                                                         Lorrie


Monday, April 27, 2015

YOU Will Want to Check Out this Special Guest Post by Alan Stokes @AutismLight and #Share with Families in the #Autism Community!

I am privileged to introduce a friend I recently met on Twitter. Welcome our Guest Writer, Alan Stokes, the Founder and Author of Autism Light. Please share his guest post with someone you know!

About Autism Light...

On June 21, 2011, I started the Autism Light blog. I had been looking online for hope and light for being a better autism father to my then six year old son Jonathan. I stumbled across the story of Carly Fleischmann having a breakthrough in communication and wanted to preserve the details, links, and inspiration that I found so I could reference it later. So my first post was on Carly Fleischmann and she was Autism Light #1. 400 posts later I still use that same style of giving each Autism Light the next consecutive number and introducing each new post with that number.

My goal for my blog is to continue to build a relevant collection of content about autism from diverse voices in the world. As the number of posts on my blog continues to increase I am working on updating some of the biographical details in older ones and creating more index pages by geography and themes that make it easier for people to find older posts in multiple ways. We are nearing half a million page views on the blog.

I have been asked how I select and find subjects to write about at Autism Light. I am constantly reading and researching things about autism on the Internet and when a story touches my heart I try to work it in to my blog in the future. I attempt to give consideration for building diversity in the overall collection and also spotlight themes for holidays when possible, such as my Martin Luther King, Jr. Day series.  

I think the autism community is blessed like none other to have such a diverse and vibrant source of heroes who really care about autism and are giving of part of their heart and soul to shine a light for autism. Our differences do not have to divide us. Although none of us experences the Autism Spectrum in the same exact way, as we look at the wisdom, experiences, and passions of others we can find a ray of Autism Light for our journey.

The Reason I Blog...

I wanted to take this opportunity to share four reasons I think more people should have an autism blog.

1.          It’s Free: There are free platforms such a Blogger that can host one's blog and the promotion can be done through free social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

2.         It Can Help Others: When the content of a blog is placed on the internet it can be used to inspire and give hope to people from around the world. People who come to autism with their unique needs and who nevertheless will usually remain anonymous. 

3.         It Helps One Learn About Autism: It really is true that one of the best ways to learn about a subject is to write about it. If you want to become more knowledgeable about autism I can think of no better way than to write a blog.

4.         It Helps One Put Their Situation into Perspective: When one interacts with the autism world at a level necssary to create content for a blog, it becomes clear that every family is fighting their own battles. No matter what the situation is that one is facing, someone else has it a little harder. Other has been there and done that and survived.

I wholeheartedly recommend autism blogging. Feel free to contact me if you have recommendations for content on one of my blogs or would like to collaborate on something constructive related to autism awareness and acceptance.

About Me:
















Alan Stokes is an autism father from the Lansing, Michigan area who started the Autism Light blog in June, 2011 The blog spotlights diverse autism organizations, resources, human interest stories, celebrities, people with autism, and parents shining a light for autism from anywhere in the world. He also maintains the Autism Rest, Autism Shares, Autism Sites, and Autism Quotes blogs. You can email him at AutismLight@gmail.com. Also, be sure and follow him on Twitter @AutismLight where links to any new blog posts are shared immediately.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bring Your Vehicles to the Car Wash this Saturday, April 4th to Support the OKC Webster TSA so That Their Team Can Attend the TSA State Conference!

Help support the OKC Webster TSA Students as they are fundraising to be able to go to the fast-approaching TSA State Conference! TSA stands for Technology Student Association. This semester, each of the students enrolled in Technology Engineering classes have been attending and competing in mini-conferences across the state, and they have been building personal and team skills such as Leadership, Communication and Technology. These wonderful students are our future!

Our OKC Webster TSA Chapter will be having another Car Wash this coming Saturday, April 4th from 9:30am-2:00pm in the parking lot of the Advance Auto Parts, on the southside of SW 29th Street, between Linn and Villa, to raise $$$$$ to be able to send our students to the fast-approaching TSA State Conference!! PLEASE support our OKC Webster TSA Chapter and their Leader, Mr. Lowery by bringing YOUR vehicles by for our hardworking students, and the rest of us, to wash!!!! We would appreciate it if you would ‪#‎share‬ this event with family, friends, neighbors and anyone else you know!

If you can't make it to the TSA Car Wash, please consider making a donation towards their efforts so they can attend the upcoming TSA State Conference April 7-9th!! Please email me directly at Lorrie@AutismOklahoma.org so that I can make arrangements to get it to Mr. Lowery before the students go to the TSA State Conference. Thank YOU for your support!!! And if YOU happen to be a past, present or future TSA student, we look forward to connecting with you!!! 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

We Would Like to Invite YOU to JOIN US for the Upcoming AutismOKC Community Resource Fair hosted by OKCPS Capitol Hill High School!

 and      

Invite YOU to the


Saturday, April 25, 2015
1:00pm – 3:00pm
at
Capitol Hill High School
500 SW Grand Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73109

The Community Resource Fair is a great opportunity for individuals, 
families, caregivers, educators and service professionals to learn 
about the resources which are available in the surrounding community. 
If you will need childcare during the event so that you can check out 
the resources., please email the name and age of each child to 
Lorrie@AutismOklahoma.org by Monday, April 20th so that we can 
send you childcare form to return to us 
which will complete your registration request for childcare.

This is a FREE EVENT featuring resources from within the 
surrounding community that will offer information which will 
benefit families of individuals with autism spectrum 
disorders and/or other special needs. If you know of a family 
or individual who might be interested in attending the AutismOKC 
Community Resource Fair, please #share this information with 
them either by email, Facebook, Twitter or any other social media 
outlet. Thank you and we look forward to seeing YOU 
at the AutismOKC Community Resource Fair!!

Please Make a Donation of ANY SIZE and #Share so the #OKCWebster #TSA Students Can Attend The Upcoming #TSA State Conference on April 7-9, 2015

If you are not familiar with what TSA is, it stands for Technology Student Association and the team of students which are enrolled in Technology Engineering classes. Our middle school's TSA team attends and competes in approximately 30 different events related to Leadership, Communications and Technology. 

These students have attended 3 mini-conference this year and now need the funding in order for them to register, attend and compete at the upcoming TSA State Conference. There are about 14 students which have qualified to go to the TSA State Conference. To qualify, each of these students had to give up 3 Saturdays to attend mini-conferences and compete in their respective events. Our school's TSA team has received numerous trophies and awards at these mini-conferences. In fact, a young lady on our TSA team is a TSA Western Region officer, and the first for our middle school!

The TSA State Conference is April 7-9 and will be at the Reed Center in Midwest City like last year. If WE ARE GOING TO HELP these students attend this event, which they have been working towards, the TIME IS NOW!! Visit the fundraiser for the OKC WEBSTER TSA team HERE and help MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!