Submitted by Terri Garrity
(September 7, 2023) — A Little Compassion, Inc. of Deep River is asking the community to don their walking shoes on October 14, 2023 for the return of the annual Compassion Walk to celebrate inclusion, acceptance and opportunity for all.
Starting at 9:00 a.m., the walk steps off from Tri-Town Youth Services Bureau in Deep River. This accessible walk promises loads of fun, including children’s activities, a sensory relaxation station, swag bags for the first 300 registrants, and a drawing for prizes! The event is hosted by special guests Stephani Simoni and Roger Susanin from Channel 3 WFSB News.
Compassion Walk is organized by A Little Compassion, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a caring and supportive community for all as well as improving the lives of young adults with autism, intellectual/developmental disabilities, or other neurodiversity.
Proceeds from Compassion Walk support the growth of programs that provide young adults with disabilities opportunities, skills, understanding and connection. ALC is expanding opportunities for young adults to find friendship and, most important, a safe space, including The Nest Coffee House in Deep River. All ALC programs are supported by specially trained volunteers and job coaches.
Admission is $25 for adults and $20 for children with early bird admission discount to $15 for kids and $20 for adults until September 14, 2023. To ensure the walk is inclusive, there is free admission for neurodiverse persons ages 0-30, as well as flexible walk routes from .5 to 3.0 miles, depending on endurance and interest.
For those who are unable to walk in person, a virtual option ensures that you can still be a part of the event and walk when and where it fits your schedule. To register, visit the website www.alittlecompassion.org for more information.
Photo provided by A Little Compassion, Inc.