Donation for the K-9’s

Alyssa has been selling her homemade dog treats at a local sewing shop. And to many friends and family. She had raised $200 total so far. Well, last night she got to deliver her donation to the Eden Prairie Police K-9 unit – Crime Prevention Fund. It was amazing, She got to meet Riggs (pictured) one of the K-9 dogs in our city. She brought with her a bag of her treats for both dogs as well as a toy she picked out for each.

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Alyssa with K-9 Riggs!

Riggs loved the toy so much and had a blast playing with Alyssa. He was so well mannered and attentive to her actions. Her goal is to continue selling her treats and donating to these beautiful hard working dogs.

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We want to thank the Eden Prairie Police for giving her the chance to meet these dogs on a good solid level. Our goal is to teach Alyssa that not only are the police there to help and make the community a better place but that they are her friends as she has wanted for some time.

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Also thank you to Valley West Sewing Center for helping Alyssa achieve her goals and sell those treats. She couldn’t have done it without you. Your family is amazing and very caring. God has blessed us and you with amazing kids who have Autism and teaching these wonderful kids how to set goals and make things happen is just one of the many blessings we share!

It’s that Elfing time of year again

Yes, its time for the mischievous Elf on the Shelf to come live at our house again.
I have to say this is a pretty genius idea. This Elf (ours is named Elfie) comes to our house on December 1st and watches the kids until December 24 when Santa comes to give the gifts and take Elfie back to the North Pole with him. Elfie reports back to Santa every night about how the kids were behaving in our home, Are they Naughty or Nice? Then Elfie comes back to the house where he gets himself into plenty of not so great situations and we wake up and catch the little one playing about the house.

This morning Alyssa woke up and was on the hunt to see if Elfie would come again this year, and much to her surprise she did. She even came with a door to the North Pole. When we woke up this morning there she was sitting next to her new door with a note for Alyssa. So after reading the note, Alyssa sat down and had a little chat with Elfie, Alyssa explained that since she has to be good every day that Elfie should be good everyday and that maybe this year she should try to not get into troublesome predicaments around the house at night.

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So from now until Santa comes to gift us our gifts and take Elfie back, we are stuck wondering “What will Elfie do tonight?”

Donating from the heart.

Alyssa is on a roll these days with her kindness and love. She has done so many amazing things, Gifts for the local Police, Gifts for the local Fireman, Dog treats for the local K9 Dogs. and starting her own Dog biscuit business so she can donate the proceeds to charities and K9 units.

Last night she added one more to the list of good deeds.. She helped “Feed my Starving Children“.  She was very excited and really enjoyed what she did. While we started off a little rocky, (so much going on in the big room and so many people) she did pull it together and helped all that she could. She had a blast.

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I think giving her this opportunity to help other and to do work to get a result that she can see is amazing. Here is what we did in such a short time helping.

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If you are interested in helping, I say do it. Get in contact with “Feed my Starving Children” and donate your time to help children across the world. Its worth it in the end and it just makes you feel so good after.

Good deeds never go unnoticed!

A few weeks ago Alyssa made some gifts for our local police. She did it just because, just because she wanted to and just because she wanted new friends. When she did that she didn’t realized (nor did we) that it would touch so many hearts and make  these very important people and new friends so incredibly happy. She didn’t do it to gain anything more then friends and to do something for someone else. (Read about it here)

This morning while completing our daily routine, and waiting patiently for the Special Ed but to arrive and pick Alyssa up, we got a visit. We got a visit from those amazing men and woman who protect us and take care of out city, and who are now her NEW FRIENDS.

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While the visit was really all she ever needs to feel good and to have a fantastic day, it just wasn’t enough for the officers. They contacted me last week and explained to me that Alyssa really touched their hearts and their families hearts. That they in return wanted to do something special for Alyssa. They wanted her to feel as special as they felt when they all got their gifts from her.

Today they brought her, their gifts. These officers and many more from our community pitched in and got Alyssa a great big basket full of fun.  Gifts to bring out more of her creative side, Tons of Arts and Crafts, and a few other fun things .

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These men and woman have touched Alyssa just as much as Alyssa has touched them. As I see it, Good deeds never go unnoticed, God sees everything you do and all the good that comes with the wonderful meaningful things in life, When you do good things, you will feel it come back to you in one way or another. With Alyssa she has gained so much, She is building confidence, friendships, thoughtfulness, love, and much much more.

For many children with Autism, communication is difficult with Police officers, Things weren’t so easy with Alyssa and he perception of stranger in general, add a uniform to that and it was even more difficult, I think showing her how good Police officers, Firemen and Military personnel are has helped set a good path for Alyssa in this situation,  Talk to your kids, talk about good examples and good things that police in your community do, Show your children. Take them to meet Police officers so that your child with Autism is aware of the need for them in their life, So that if they ever need help they know they don’t need to be afraid or that they can get help from these amazing people.

You can get a card for verbal and nonverbal Autistic children and adults HERE! Alyssa has one that she carries when we are out because she can get lost in an instant and before making all her new friends she wouldn’t have stopped to speak to officers to get help. The card is great and will let the other person know “I have Autism” It gives great information about your loved one and even a mood sensor to let the officer know if you are upset, scares, happy. Its FREE and worth it.

Giving to our local police.

Today my daughter melted my heart. Just a rewind in time to start this off.

Alyssa asked me a few days ago if she could make the police a gift. Of course I said yes and started looking up some ideas. Together we came up with survival kits for our local police officers.

We gathered the items needed and went to work. Alyssa did most of the work gluing the guide to the bags, adding the candy that belonged in the bags and she attempted to stamp the washers with the bible verse that went best with the gift. (Matthew 5:9) “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

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Because metal stamping isn’t easy for a 7 year old, I did have to help. We attached the washers to the bags with some blue ribbon and we were done.

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As soon as she was finished and as soon as she was sure they were as perfect to her as they could be, we were off. We took them to the local police, along with her personal letter and delivered them.

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Who says children with autism don’t have much empathy? This is one child with so much love and kindness to give. She does have a very big heart and where her social issues may not fit the norm, her heart is bigger than most kids her age. All she wants is to make new friends and now she has some pretty amazing friends.

She wants to change the world….