SPARKS — The Safeway store at 2858 Vista Blvd. will kick off the company’s nationwide fundraising campaign for Easter Seals and Special Olympics with a special event at 11 a.m. on March 30.
Representatives from Easter Seals Nevada, Special Olympics and Sparks Mayor Geno Martini will greet a special torch run led by Trooper Ron Larson of the Nevada Highway Patrol. He will be joined by the Sparks Police Department, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and Special Olympics Nevada athletes. The contingent of runners, patrol cars and motorcycles will parade down Vista Boulevard and enter the store to light a special torch signifying the start of the special month-long fundraising campaign to help individuals and organizations assisting people with disabilities.
April is also Autism Awareness Month. Early intervention therapists from Easter Seals Nevada will be at the Safeway Sparks Pharmacy on March 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. offering parents free developmental assessments. The special screening is part of their “Make the First Five Count” program, which is designed to screen children who could be at risk for developmental delays, autism or other disabilities. The free screenings will provide parents with options for treatment.
Each year Safeway dedicates April to raising funds and bringing awareness to helping people with disabilities. Donations will be collected at every Safeway store in the United States and Canada. To date, Safeway has raised and donated more than $130 million to support organizations such as Easter Seals, Special Olympics and a range of other organizations that assist people with special needs.
For more information, visit www.safeway.com, www.easterseals.com, www.sonc.org and www.sonv.org for Nevada.