If you didn’t know, National Autism Awareness month is April. April is now, so start getting aware. One easy way to do so is head over to Panera Bread. Not that you really need an excuse to get a tomato basil soup in a bread bowl, but if you do, the company is hosting a campaign to benefit the Children’s Hospital diagnostic center in Dayton. Here are a few things to know about the event.
1. AUTISM CAMPAIGN LASTING FROM NOW TO SUNDAY
You shouldn’t go a week without going to Panera as it is, but, in case you need any more inspiration, Their Pieces of Hope for Autism campaign is only lasting until Sunday. If you care at all about humanity or tasty cookies, then get to any of the Dayton-area locations now. This week, you can get the Puzzle Piece cookies there. Don’t live in Dayton? Plane tickets are cheap this time of year.
2. PROCEEDS GO TO DAYTON CHILDRENS HOSPITAL
Besides the fact that you can get some amazing Panera shortbread cookies, there’s even a bigger benefit to the purchase. All profits from the cookie sales will be donated to the Children’s Hospital autism diagnostic center in Dayton.
3. THE DONATION WILL BE USED FOR GOOD
Often times when you donate to some nameless cause, you never truly know where the money goes. Thankfully, Panera is very clear about where your hard earned cookie money will be spend. The donation will be used to help fund programs to proved a diagnostic assessment for children with autism. In addition, ongoing education and support to physicians will be included.
4. YOU CAN PRE-ORDER THEM
Don’t have time to pop in at one of the Dayton Panera locations? That’s fine. Puzzle Piece cookies can be purchased at participated cafes as well as pre-ordered online.
5. A PROVEN TRACK RECORD
Haven’t heard of Covelli? That’s alright, they’re legit. Over the past six years, they have contributed to more than $750,000 to different autism organizations at all of it’s Panera markets. It’s safe to say they have a good track record, so don’t fret.