Carnival Benefits Autism

EUGENE, Ore. — A local non-profit organization held its first benefit carnival on Saturday.

Bridgeway House was founded in 2002 and works with children and families with Autism and related disabilities.

Organizers said that while they do many events to bring awareness to their cause, they’ve yet to host one that allows their community to just have some fun.

Spearheaded by parents, they said social events like this are important to the children’s development.

“Without them, they’ll most likely fall between the cracks, hide. In order to help them be themselves, you want them to shine, so you have to put them in these kinds of environments to help nurture them,” said parent volunteer and event coordinator Cindy Winkle.

There were a number of activities for kids to take part in including a petting zoo, bounce house and dunk tank that featured their very own teachers.

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