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A Point of Hope Christmas

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.

The Autism Speaks blog features opinions from people throughout the autism community. Each blog represents the point of view of the author and does not necessarily reflect Autism Speaks' beliefs or point of view.