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!

Alyssa’s K-9 Kitchen

Well, Alyssa has been hard at work these days.

She got an offer back in March this year to sell her Dog Biscuits in 2 sewing stores here in the cities. We met the store owners one day when I was getting my sewing machine fixed and when I went to pick it up Alyssa had come with me, she brought with her a bag of her dog treats because she knew they had an in house dog there. She got to tell the store owner about her biscuits and why she sells them, Also that she has Autism. It wasn’t a huge conversation on her part so I stepped in as always to explain it a little more. Comes to find out the store owner has a son with Asperger’s.  (Who would have thunk?)

Well, one day in March I got an email from his wife, she said they talked about some things and that Alyssa really touched their heart and they wanted to help. SO they offered to sell her dog biscuits in their two sewing stores.

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We put together a display and got to making those biscuits. Alyssa was so pleased and so excited to be able to fund more money for her donation for the local K-9 unit.

Below is her second batch of Dog Biscuits for the sewing stores, 10 bags of Chicken flavor and 14 bags of Peanut Butter flavor.

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Thank you Valley West Sewing Center for your generosity and love for her fundraising and cause. You have put a smile on her face just knowing you are helping.

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.

Alyssa's new friends.

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.

Alyssa’s K9 Kitchen

Well,  my little angel has been at it again. After giving the local police in our area gifts “just because”, she has decided that she wants to go into business!

She spoke with her grandmother, a small business owner, and asked her for advise. She wanted to know:
1) is her idea a good one?
2) what should she name it?
3) how to start?
Her grandmother approved and thought it was a wonderful idea and let her know that once she sets her mind to it, she can make it happen. So she did just that.

Her new business adventure is to make home made dog biscuits to sell. She doesn’t want the money for herself, she wants to donate all the money from selling the biscuits to local K9 units around the area. She said the dogs sometimes don’t get what they should so she is going to help that happen.
So again, it was my job to head over to Pinterest and find some dog biscuit ideas. We found one she can make herself, so we just went for it. Alyssa is able to do everything all by herself and that makes these treats even better.

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Once she tried her first batch of dog biscuits she was even more excited as you can see.
We even asked our local vet if the Ingredients were safe and got full approval from them to move forward!

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The hard part was picking a name for her business. She sat at the table and came up with 3 names she liked, but still couldn’t choose. So we took it to Facebook and asked all of our friends to help pick the name…

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And the WINNER is…………………………. #1, Alyssa’s K9 Kitchen

After that we sat together and came up with label ideas. She picked packaging and the colors and got a finished product. Obviously dog approved!

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Now I have a feeling we will be making quit a few of these and walking the neighborhoods this weekend!