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Motivated by his sister, youngster collects toys for autism

August 21, 2013

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Angela Fairman of Punxsutawney recently reported a bit of good news worthy of sharing, as her son, Dan, performed a very kind deed.

Dan's 3-year-old sister, Lauren, was diagnosed with low-functioning autism when she was 18 months old, and the family recently heard about an organization called Toys AUcross America, which collects toys and distributes them to children across the country who have autism.

The charity was started by a father whose child has autism, and the tradition carries on, providing the much-needed sign of caring to others.
Dan decided that he wanted to help other kids who were in a similar situation to that of his sister, and he decided to gather up as many toys as he could part with to donate to the cause. In all, he collected more than 100 toys.

"Let's face it, any 5 year old parting with any toys is a small miracle!" Fairman joked.

For more information on the mission of Toys AUcross America, visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ToysAUcrossAmerica?ref=br_tf.

Donations can be made through the group's Gofundme website at http://www.gofundme.com/3sqfxg.

Pictured here are members of the Catholic Daughters of America — a group celebrating its 95th anniversary this year.
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