The Dayton Autism Society needs donations from the local community to continue providing services.

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The Dayton Autism Society 5K Walk/Run/Resource Fair for Autism Acceptance is scheduled for Saturday, April 30.

Credit: Contribution

Credit: Contribution

The Dayton Autism Society 5K Walk/Run/Resource Fair for Autism Acceptance is scheduled for Saturday, April 30.

Credit: Contribution

Credit: Contribution

“We continue to bounce back from the pandemic and involve families in our society,” says Redmon. “We are excited to see more families in our community getting involved and coming to our events.”

The organization relies on donations from the local community to continue providing services.

Here’s what they need:

  • soothing toys
  • Handheld sensory chew toys that provide sensory stimulation for children with autism and are made with safe materials, such as silicone or non-toxic fabric.
  • water beads
  • Kinetic Sand
  • Pin art toys that feature steel pins that allow a child to make and look at prints in the pins.
  • modeling clay
  • LEGO building blocks/stackable toys/sensory balls/studs
  • Holiday themed craft kits (for use at events)
  • Gift cards that can be given to families at the holiday party
  • Children’s books, including lightly used
  • Weighted blankets/vests
  • Noise canceling headphones
  • Basketballs, soccer balls, other sports equipment
  • Tickets and passes for skating, bowling and movies
  • Canvases for painting and painting supplies

Donations can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at the Regional Education Center, 4801 Springfield St., Dayton, 45431. Contact the Dayton Autism Society to arrange item pickup at [email protected]

Monetary donations can be mailed to the Dayton Autism Society at 4801 Springfield St., Dayton, OH 45431 or through a donation link on the website at www.autismsocietyofdayton.org.

OTHER WAYS TO PARTICIPATE

The Dayton Autism Society 5K Walk/Run/Resource Fair for Autism Acceptance is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 30 at the Payne Recreation Center, 3800 Main St., Moraine. If you want to register, see www.autismsocietyofdayton.org

For more information, you can also contact [email protected], message on Facebook, or call (937) 815-4986.

The Autism Society always needs volunteers for events and is always on the lookout for companies willing to partner with new outings for families in a sensory setting.

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