April 16, 2010

Speaking of Autism

If you’re looking for ways to help stamp out autism during Autism Awareness Month (April), there are no shortage of companies who are offering up promotions all month long to help raise money for and awareness of the cause.

From toys to chocolate, search engines to clothing companies, the following organizations have partnered with Autism Speaks, the country’s largest autism science and advocacy group.

Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores in the US and Canada are collecting donations on behalf of Autism Speaks until April 30. So far they’ve raised more than $5.5 million since launching in 2007. They’ve also created a “Ten Toys that Speak to Autism” guide that highlights toys that can help children with autism develop language, creativity and social skills.

Swiss chocolatier Lindt & Spr√ľngli is doing its part by donating 10 cents for every Lindt Gold Bunny (leftover Easter stock, perhaps? No matter - a Swiss chocolate rabbit is as delicious in April as it is March) sold in both grocery stores and its own retail outlets. It's also auctioning off special celebrity-autographed porcelain bunnies with all proceeds benefiting Autism Speaks.

Web searchers Ask.com will feature Autism Speaks on its home page throughout the month of April (take that, Google!). Visitors to the site will also be invited to participate in a Q&A that earns donations for the charity.

Last but not least, TJ Maxx stores will be selling Autism Speaks puzzle pieces for $1.

So shop and search ‘til your heart’s content. It’s all for a worthy cause.

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