My friend Christina helps me understand how difficult life can be with one autistic child. Imagine how life is with four of them. Now imagine how life is with four autistic kids after your home is destroyed in the middle of the night because a building near you exploded.
That’s the situation the Metzger family of Lancaster finds themselves in. Autistic kids love their routines. But these kids have no routines. They don’t have their home or their toys either. You can listen to more of their story on this CBS News video:
Three local autism support groups are trying to raise funds to help this family. Donations of cash can be made in person at an Fulton Bank location or online through the Tommy Foundation. If you want to send gift cards for gas, food or stores like WalMart, you can send them to LCAM, PO Box 141, Elizabethtown, PA 17022. Plus, there’s a bake sale (yum, who doesn’t like baked goods?!), if you live in the Lancaster area. That’s taking place Saturday, July 30, at Darrenkamp’s in Willow Valley Square, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
I don’t know how long it will be before the Metzgers have a routine to their lives again, but maybe we can break out of our routine to get them one step closer to theirs.