Making memories for autism

first_imgVALENCIA – Instead of their feet doing the walking, scrapbook lovers will be using their hands, hearts and minds Saturday to support families affected by autism. The Crop for Autism Awareness and Research event will allow participants to get together to preserve their special memories from 9a.m. to 9p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 25816 Tournament Road, Valencia. Proceeds will benefit the Santa Clarita Autism Asperger Network. “It’s like a charity walk, but instead of walking around, everyone is going to be scrapbooking all day,” said Sara Meissner, event organizer and a member of the SCAAN board. “It’s just a lot more fun than going on a walk, and you get something done.” Participants can sign up for a half day or a full day of scrapbooking, and those with errands to run during the day can come and go. Registration is $40 for a full day and $30 for a half-day and includes the crop lunch, snacks, drinks and prizes. Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins will be allowed, Meissner said. [email protected] (661) 257-5256160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! About 50 people are expected to attend the third annual event. Meissner, who has a 5 1/2-year-old daughter with autism, plans to catch up on scrapbooking family portraits Saturday. “It’s a way to do something you enjoy with your friends while raising money for a really good cause,” she said. “I think the people who come feel really good. They get something accomplished, and they’re also helping out families here in Santa Clarita.” SCAAN is a volunteer organization that helps families affected by autism in the Santa Clarita Valley. The group provides monthly support groups, a monthly newsletter, conferences, social events, information on local resources and other services. Those interested in participating in the Crop for Autism can call Meissner at (661) 296-9531, e-mail [email protected] or visit Families affected by autism are encouraged to call to learn more about SCAAN. “A lot of people don’t know about us, so every year when we have events like this we find new families who need help,” Meissner said. last_img

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