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Erie County Officials Volunteer to Wrap Gifts for Autism Services

Monday, December 17, 2012

Erie County, NY – Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs, along with Legislators Lynne Dixon and Joseph Lorigo, remind shoppers that the Autism Services' gift wrapping table will be open at the Galleria Mall through Christmas Eve.

“Everyone loves to give that perfect gift for the holidays and there is no better way to make that present extra special than donating to a worthy cause in the process. It is a win-win, you make a contribution to Autism Services and the task of gift wrapping is done for you,” said County Clerk Jacobs. “Autism Services is not only requesting monetary donations, a gift of time to help wrap presents this holiday season can be just as valuable.”

Donations collected help raise funds to help the organization continue to provide much needed services for local residents on the Autism Spectrum. The table is located near the Apple Store and provides gift wrapping services daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. until Monday, Dec. 24. For a small donation, shoppers can get their gifts beautifully wrapped and support Autism Services.

"We had a great time volunteering with Autism Services and thank everyone who has stopped by to get their gifts wrapped and donate to Autism Services' mission," said Legislator Dixon.

"Volunteers and shoppers shared stories about how Autism Services had benefited their family. It was moving to hear directly about the great work being done for residents on the Autism Spectrum," said Legislator Lorigo.

ASI uses all of the proceeds and gives it right back to their students and adult participants. Donations helps ASI give children and adults with autism the opportunity to participate in the visual and performing arts, engage in self-expression, and celebrate who they are with their families and community. From arts supplies to field trips, every cent helps improve the quality of life for someone on the Autism Spectrum.

"I just want to thank the generous donors. It was a great event and I know the money benefits a great organization who has helped many youths and adults. Don't forget the wrapping table is open through next week," said Clerk Jacobs.

If you want to help and volunteer as a gift wrapper, please contact Shaun Doyle with Autism Services at 631-5777 ext. 363 or email SDoyle@autism-services-inc.org to sign up for a 4-hour shift.