Today is the 14th annual World Autism Awareness Day and the Charlotte Fire Department recognized the day in a big way helping a local nonprofit organization.
Charlotte firefighter Nathanael Powell and members from his station, (CFD Station 42) organized a fundraiser selling tee shirts.
In just over a month, these firefighters sold 947 shirts totaling $7,650.
This morning, Powell was joined by fellow firefighters and Chief Reginald Johnson to present the check to Child & Family Development.
Established in 1980, Child and Family is a service provider for assessing the needs of children and establishing recommended treatment plans.
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 54 children in the United States today.
The donation will help assist families in need with their financial obligations.
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