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Kindness on the menu with autism fundraiser

Kindness on the menu with autism fundraiser


UNTIL ELECTION NIGHT!! 3 APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH… AND ALL MONTH LONG, A CONNECTICUT RESTAURANT CHAIN IS HOLDING A UNIQUE FUNDRAISER. NEWS 8’S KENT PIERCE GOT THE CHANCE TO HELP OUT. 3 “STACK OF KINDESS?”PANCAKES WITH A COLORFUL HEART ON THEM ARE CALLED A STACK OF KINDNESS THIS MONTH AT CHIP’S. THE KINDNESS COMES FROM THE SPECTRUM OF KINDNESS “WHICH IS AN ONLINE SITE THAT FOLKS CAN GO TO AND TELL THEIR STORY ABOUT AUTISM. THE CELEBRATIONS, THE CHALLENGES, THE ACTS OF KINDNESS.”APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH, AND LAST APRIL, CHIP’S DID A PANCAKE FUNDRAISER IN ONE LOCATION. THIS YEAR THEY’VE EXPANDED IT TO ALL THEIR RESTAURANTS. “THE WHOLE MONTH OF APRIL, WE ARE DOING A HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL CARE STACK OF KINDNESS PANCAKE WHERE HALF THE PROCEEDS, WHETHER IT’S A FULL STACK OR A SHORT STACK, GO DIRECTLY TO THE HOSPITAL.”THEY’RE ALSO COLLECTING DONATIONS AT THE REGISTER, AND ON CERTAIN DAYS THEY HAVE WHAT THEY CALL “CELEBRITY” WAITERS. “SO WHO GOT THE…UH…”IN ORANGE TODAY, THAT SOMEHOW THAT INCLUDED ME AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, SOME MEMBERS OF THE ORANGE POLICE DEPARTMENT. THEY, AT LEAST, HAVE DONE THINGS LIKE THIS BEFORE. “SO WHEN THEY GAVE US A CALL, ASKED US TO COME DOWN HERE AND SERVE SOME COFFEE AND MEET AND GREET WITH SOME INDIVIDUALS AND WE FOUND OUT IT WAS FOR A GREAT CAUSE, WE WERE MORE THAN HAPPY TO OBLIGE.”THE HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL CARE STARTED AN AUTISM PROGRAM 6 YEARS AGO, AND THE DEMAND HAS BEEN HUGE “AND WE ACTUALLY HAVE SERVED OVER 1,700 FAMILIES ON AN OUTPATIENT BASIS, AND THEN 2 YEARS AGO WE OPENED UP A VERY INTENSIVE IN-PATIENT PROGRAM.” WE WERE THE FIRST TV CREW ALLOWED INSIDE TO SEE THE WORK THEY DO AT THE IN-PATIENT PROGRAM. IT’S VERY IMPRESSIVE. A LOT MORE IMPRESSIVE THAN MY SKILLS AS A WAITER. IF YOU DIDN’T MAKE IT TODAY, THE STACKS OF KINDNESS FUNDRAISER IS GOING ON UNTIL THE END OF APRIL AT ALL 6 CHIP’S LOCATIONS. IN ORANGE, I’M KENT PIERCE, NEWS8. 3 NOW TO THE LATEST ON THAT BUS CRASH OUT ON LONG ISLAND THE OTHER NIGHT. THAT ACCIDENT LEFT DOZENS OF PEOPLE HURT, MANY OF THEM TEENAGERS, INJURED.

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