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.