One out of every eighty eight children born these days may have Autism. Autism has become the fastest-growing, serious developmental disability in the U.S. right now. Why am I throwing these facts your way, you ask? It’s a serious issue that we live with and we want to continue our support of a not-for-profit that helps raise awareness.
We partnered with SFA (Surfer’s for Autism) a few years ago and love every minute of it. SFA has been on a mission to bring awareness to every community it hits and has grown exponentially since their inception. Their mission statement couldn’t be said better, “The Surfers for Autism mission is to unlock the potential of people with developmental delays, support advocacy for autism issues and scientific research. Our focus is to eliminate stigma through public awareness and education and to unite communities through volunteerism”. Read more here. I have had the pleasure of hanging out and working with founders, Don and Kim, who are definitely the real deal. Their passion is contagious, which makes it very easy to get behind the cause they have dedicated their lives to.
It seems like just yesterday when I went to my first Surfers for Autism event. Up early in the morning, blurry eyed, but excited about the day’s events. Not really knowing what to expect, we just started brewing coffee and got our tent set up because we knew there would be thousands of people at the beach needing a great cup. If you’re wondering, yes, we brewed Iced Coffee. What a great experience to get out in the water with all the young Autistic kids and help them catch some waves. Sometimes I wondered who was having more fun, the volunteers or the little ones standing on surf boards.
Over the years I have met some great kids and parents, like “big wave” Spencer (featured on one of our bags). The innocence that resonates from these kids is unparallel to anything I have ever experienced. I have seen firsthand how lives are changed and the smile on these kids’ faces provokes emotions that last forever. Even the parents of the Autistic children benefit as they make lifelong friends each event and the realization they’re not alone becomes more apparent. I would encourage you to get involved, one way or another with SFA. Whether you can make it to an event, donate money or time, or buy a bag of coffee that supports the cause. The therapeutic benefit of these events reaches not only the kids, but the community as well. You can read more about SFA and what they are doing here or check them out on Facebook.
Our Coffee for a Cause program donates $1 from every bag purchased directly to the SFA organization. Your efforts will directly benefit those affected by Autism. We invite you to help us continue to support them by enjoying our coffees inspired by the spirit of hope, help and happiness that this remarkable organization provides.