VFW Donations Exceed $225,000 for Local Children with Autism

VFW Donations Exceed $225,000 for Local Children with Autism
Posted on 10/13/2020

Wendy Fitch with VFW RepresentativesThe Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Shelby Post # 4066 has made it their goal to benefit students with autism. In continuing their support for the SAIL (Social and Academic Instruction for Life) initiative with Cleveland County Schools, the VFW donated $25,000 this year with a total giving amount exceeding $225,000 over the years.

“The VFW is a wonderful organization that has generously supported our programs for students with autism for many years,” said Wendy Fitch, executive director of exceptional children. “They have worked tirelessly to promote autism awareness and acceptance in Cleveland County.”

The VFW collects the funds each year through a variety of charitable initiatives such as their annual golf tournament, barbecue parties, auctions, poker runs, raffles, yard sales, and private donations.

“Their generosity has impacted our students, families, and staff tremendously,” added Fitch. “With the monies they raise, we are able to assist families in sending their children to autism-specific summer camps, provide scholarships for college-bound seniors, buy additional curricular materials and supplies for classrooms, and much more.“ Representatives from the VFW

A group of VFW representatives presented this year’s check to a socially distanced group of mask-wearing students, staff, parents, and community members on the front lawn of Central Services.

“The EC Department's relationship with the VFW is a special one,” concluded Fitch. “We know that we can always count on their generosity in supporting our students with autism.”