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Autism Think Tank Receives Grant, Announces Holiday Party and Toy Drive in Warren

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Sheri Haiken, Dr. Paul Abend, Steve Pillar, Warren resident on behalf of B’Nai Brith Food Services, Tony D’Amato
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The Autism Think Tank, NJ is proud to announce a new program for families with children who have special needs, in partnership with The Bounce Factory in Warren Township, NJ. Thanks to a generous $7,000 grant from Warren resident Steve Pillar on behalf of B’Nai Brith Food Services, families will have the opportunity to participate in free “Gentle Jump” sessions held at The Bounce Factory this coming winter.
 
The Autism Think Tank, NJ is a non-profit, 501©3 organization which brings together six distinguished medical experts from across the US who collaborate with families and their physicians to develop a cohesive plan of care through medical videoconferencing. The Autism Think Tank strives to promote the medical and psychosocial stabilization of the child and family. “Partnering with the Bounce Factory allows us to help families in the community by offering a free recreational activity for children with special needs during the most difficult winter months” said Dr. Paul Abend, Founder of The Autism Think Tank, NJ.  
 
The Bounce Factory has been offering “Gentle Jump” sessions weekly to families for a small fee, but thanks to this extremely generous grant, the Autism Think Tank will sponsor 12 weeks of “Gentle Jump” sessions where children and families can enjoy bouncing around together during the cold winter days that often times keeps kids house bound. Sheri Marino, Executive Director of The Autism Think Tank commented, “For children on the autism spectrum, it can be challenging to find family activities where everyone can feel comfortable and safe. We are so thankful to Mr. Pillar and B’Nai Brith Food Services for giving children an opportunity to engage in an activity the whole family can enjoy together.”
 
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Certified by Missing Piece Awareness, a company that trains mainstream businesses in Autism Awareness and Acceptance, The Bounce Factory staff engages with the children while implementing safety measures to ensure everyone has a great time. The Bounce Factory received certification from Missing Piece Awareness in June 2015.  “We are honored to be the first family business in NJ to receive this prestigious certification,” said Tony D’Amato, owner of The Bounce Factory.
 
On December 18, 2015, The Bounce Factory will host the annual Autism Think Tank, NJ Holiday Celebration. Open to families with special needs, children are invited to bounce around and visit with a sensory sensitive Santa and his Elves, who will give away toys to all children. Registration is limited and required by using the links below.
Bounce Party 4:00-5:30 pm- http://tinyurl.com/o8x9k4o
Bounce Party 6:00-7:30 pm- http://tinyurl.com/p62naad
 
The Bounce Factory will be running a toy drive for this memorable event and is asking for members of the community to participate by dropping off gifts at The Bounce Factory, 150 Mount Bethel Road. Warren, NJ 07059. Last year, over 1000 gifts were given out to the children and the remaining gifts were donated to homeless shelters and schools in lower socio-economic areas in NJ.
 
For more information contact:
Cherylt@bouncefactorynj.com
Sheri@autismthinktanknj.com

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