WARREN, NJ -- The Warren Township Committee proclaimed April as Autism awareness month at its last meeting and the Warren Police Department has begun selling autism awareness patches and magnets as a fundraiser for the Warren based Autism Healthcare Collaborative.
April is internationally recognized as World Autism Awareness month and the Warren Township community will be joining other communities nationwide in an effort to raise awareness and understanding.
The Collaborative’s founder Dr. Paul Abend on Monday joined Warren Police Chief William Keane, Lt. Paul Dziedzic, Lt. Eric Yaccarino, DSG. Ron Roselli, Ofc. Brandon Sebastian, Ofc. Joseph DeBiasse, Mayor George Lazo, and Foster Cooper, HPBA President, to kick off the fundraiser.
Lazo thanked the Warren Police and Cooper before presenting Abend with the framed proclamation.
Missing from the event was Ofc. Victoria Ciampa who spearheaded the fundraising initiative. Ciampa said, “The purpose of celebrating Autism Awareness month every April is to promote better understanding and to bring people together to support for those living with autism. It is especially important now, due to the COVID-19 epidemic. We want to support children & adults with autism adjusting to the demand of lock downs and virtual learning.
I started by designing our department’s Autism Awareness Patch. For the month, our officers will be wearing a hat with this patch. We also designed car magnets, which will be displayed on all of our patrol vehicles and are available for the public to purchase as well.
All proceeds will be donated to the Autism Healthcare Collaborative (Autism ThinkTank), which is located in town. Their team provides innovative telehealth services for individuals living with autism, which is extremely beneficial due to the pandemic.”
Additionally, the Warren Township PBA Local 235 will be matching the money raised to donate to the Collaborative.
These magnets will also be displayed on all Warren Township Police patrol vehicles and all officers will be wearing a special edition uniform hat, depicting the limited-edition patch, to raise awareness for this important cause.
Patches and magnets are being sold for $10 each throughout the month. Anyone interested can email: firstname.lastname@example.org and in the subject line, write “patches”.
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