Sunday, January 16, 2022

Dunkin’ Donuts Launches “Community Cups” to Raise Funds and Awareness for Autism

Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, has partnered with Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, to collect donations from December 3-16 – just in time for the holidays. Participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurantsin Florida include Alachua, Brevard Collier, Lee, Marion, Seminole and Volusia counties. During the two-week promotion, a portion of the proceeds will also benefit the Southeast chapter of the Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation (DDBRCF). The mission of The DDBRCF is to serve our neighborhoods by supporting initiatives that address hunger, safety and children’s health.

Autism is the nation’s fastest-growing serious developmental disability. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 88 children are born with an autism-spectrum disorder. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism and with no cure or detection, autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases.

“Autism Speaks is thrilled to be partnering with Dunkin’ Donuts,” said Tracy Wilbanks, Southeast regional director for Autism Speaks. “We are truly grateful for their leadership and impact this campaign will have on the local community.”

During the campaign, $1 donations will be collected to support Autism Speaks and The DDBRCF at all participating locations. For each donation, guests will receive a “Community Cup” to sign and display in the restaurant. Fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated to help fund critical autism research, family services and advocate for the needs of individuals with autism and their families in local communities. The remaining fifty percent will be donated to The DDBRCF and will be designated for grants to local charities in the Southeast that focus on hunger relief, safety and children’s health.

“It’s amazing to realize that Dunkin’ Donuts can truly make a difference in our local communities, especially knowing that a $1 donation will provide five and a half meals to our neighbors through Feeding South Florida,” said George McAllan, Florida field operations director for Dunkin’ Donuts. “Through The Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation (DDBRCF), we are committed to giving back to the communities where we live and work, and look forward to further supporting local charities in the Southeast that focus on hunger relief, safety and children’s health.”

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