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    Fire Departments Raise $800 for Autism Awareness Month


    This is the third year West Lafayette and Greenwood Fire Departments had an Autism Awareness fundraiser. During the month of April, the departments and Cornerstone staff wore red and navy shirts. The shirts displayed Autism Awareness. These two departments raised funds throughout the month to give back to the Cornerstone Autism Foundation.

    This year, Center Manager Bryan Swift had an integral part in communicating to the fire departments. Then, he helped design the new navy shirts, which the Greenwood fire department wore. 

    “Since they were going to be wearing them throughout the month of April, I wanted to make sure they looked both nice and professional,” said Swift. “On the back I had the GWFD official seal with the words ‘Autism Awareness.’ On the front, I came up with the idea of a red American flag with colorful puzzle pieces to represent both the fire department and autism!”

    Everyone loved the new t-shirt design. Over 100 of the navy shirts were sold! The West Lafayette fire department also participated by wearing their red shirts for autism awareness.

    Greenwood was able to raise $350, and West Lafayette was able to raise $450.

    “This fundraiser had me doing things I have never done before and I am thankful I was given the opportunity to help,” said Swift. “I am even more thankful for our fire departments and first responders for always going above and beyond to serve their local communities!”

    Captain Harber and Firefighters Mayer and Parsons presented the check to the Cornerstone Autism Foundation this week.