Hi, friends. Kim here. Our November matching gift program is well underway - and a huge thank you to everyone who has donated.
We rarely go full PBS/Eyes of an angel look a hungry puppy on you when it's time to ask for support. This year feels different - I'm worried. Worried about the tone and tenor of so many media outlets where "anti-vaxxers" is becoming code word for "people it's OK to bully and possibly harm." Social media is cracking down on posts about medical freedom and safety.
Blogs were out paced by the rapid response of "like" and "retweet" on social media. But I think we are more important than ever.
The fact that we discuss vaccine safety hurts our ability to raise funds, despite being a non-profit that does damn good work - and that's no lie. Every organization that has attempted it has had its hands slapped, mouth taped, wrists tied. If we disappear, Dan's legacy of a gathering place dedicated to exposing life inside the autism epidemic was for not. We can not disappear. I can't fathom that.
This community raised $25,000 in 4 days in a GoFundMe following the loss of a home in the California fires for a family we all know and appreciate. I hope you'll show your appreciation for AofA. And you can always send comments, suggestions and ideas to me at KimRossi1111@gmail.com!
Stay tuned for an announcement in 2019 as well. AofA is going to add another "product," that I think you will love.
This month, all tax-deductible donations go toward a generous anonymous patron's $5,000 matching gift. You can use our DONATE button online through Bank of America Merchant Services - safe and secure. Or send a check to Autism Age, PO Box 110546, Trumbull, CT 06611. Thank you. Kim