A central Nebraska organization strives to raise awareness about children with autism and the challenges they face, including bullying. Aaron Bly, of Kenesaw, is the founder and president of the Kids and Dreams Foundation.
“My wife and I have adopted five children and the middle child has autism,” Bly says. “We have done a lot of different things, trying different items with him, a lot of stuff that people aren’t aware of. We felt that families experiencing autism could really benefit from more resources and options and that’s why the foundation was started.”
Another organization that’s based in Hastings is called Mustaches for Kids, which recruits men to grow mustaches over a month’s time and to raise money for a children’s charity during that month.
“The Kids and Dreams Foundation is the charity they selected to support during August, so this month, we have over 50 growers of mustaches who are not only growing the mustache but going out and trying to get support, donations from their families and friends,” Bly says. “All of those proceeds will go to the Kids and Dreams Foundation for our autism conference in October and for our Operation Shine Camp that will be next June.”
The autism conference will feature six speakers. It’s scheduled for October 2nd in Kearney, focusing on families, parents and professionals. Learn more at kidsanddreams.org.
By Brent Wiethorn, KKPR, Kearney