Your order at McAlister’s Deli tonight benefits the Blue Ridge Autism Achievement Center

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Tonight, McAlister’s Deli in Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Blacksburg are donating 10% of their sales to Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center (BRACC).

The nonprofit day school’s mission is to help children and families affected by autism spectrum disorder and learning disabilities.

I think it’s really awesome that McAlister’s is doing this, also when you’re supporting fundraising with BRACC, you’re really helping the children get their unique needs met.

Amanda Miller, Mother of BRACC student

Unlike public school districts, BRACC does not get federal or state funding, making donations and contributions that much more important.

We don’t get all of the federal and state funding to buy desks, pencils, and tissues and all the things students need, so we actually need money. We take a lot of this money and divvy it out to student’s needs and we also provide parent training every month for not only our parents, but community members.

Angie Leonard, CEO – St. Vincent Home Services

Amanda Miller’s 11-year-old son, Colby, is a student at BRAAC. She says transitioning to the school a few years back has been lifesaving.

The staff and leadership there are always on the forefront to help our kids have the support to be as independent as they can as they go into adulthood.

Amanda Miller, Mother of BRACC student

Miller’s son has endured a lot of adversity. He was born prematurely, had a tracheotomy tube for seven years, and still is receiving assistance for food consumption. On top of that, she says his needs were not being met in a traditional school setting.

She explained that BRAAC has not only given her son a better life but has positively affected their entire family.

With a simple dinner decision, you can affect the lives of so many students with special needs, better their educational experience, increase independence, and give back to your community in a big way.

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