A Point of Hope Christmas

Thursday, December 26, 2013 View Comments

This blog post is by Jamitha Fields, Autism Speaks Vice President of Community Affairs.

The holiday season is a time of reflection and giving.  We stop to reflect on the year that is coming to a close.  We reflect on our loved ones who are no longer with us, while making time to be with those who are still near and dear. It is a time when we gather together to “pay it forward “—and give to others some of the blessings which have come our way.  

This past week, a holiday charity bowl for underprivileged single moms was a perfect example of what selfless giving really is. It truly touched me as a person. Deron Williams, star point guard for the Brooklyn Nets and Autism Speaks Ambassador, and his wife Amy, shed their star status and their roles as autism parents – and played Santa Claus!  They granted all the wishes on the lists of the 40-moms who came with their children!  There was lots of wrapping paper flying, bowling, laughter, good food, pictures – even dancing and some time with Deron and Amy.

Deron invited Autism Speaks families to join the event .  He is always keeping our community in mind.   He is very  humble in his charitable acts.  Beyond making appearances for Autism Speaks, he is a man who truly cares about people.  He cares deeply about the plight of families with autism and he loves children. 

Leaving the event, my spirits were soaring , though I wish we could do more for everyone.  My colleagues and I always want to do everything possible for our families and community.  It is why we are here. It is what keeps us going every single day.

 I hope everyone enjoys this special  holiday season and I look forward to seeing you in 2014.