Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Blue Light Special in Catasauqua

Tonight some houses are blue in Catasauqua, and I don't mean sad.  Brubaker's Funeral Home, Mr. Brubaker's house and Ben Ferenchak's house are shining blue with blue lights to raise awareness for Autism.  Today is the sixth annual World Autism Awareness Day. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising.
The Empire State Building in New York

World Autism Awareness Day shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism epidemic and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe.

Iconic landmarks around the globe – including the Empire State Building in New York City will change there lights to blue in an effort to raise awareness.  What I find amazing is that it trickled down to our community - yes the Empire State Building is lit up in blue - but so is Brubaker's - Yes the Great Pyramids in Giza, Egypt are shining blue - and so is 5th and Pine Street. Blue lights shine at the Sydney Opera House is Australia, Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Warsaw Stock Exchange in Warsaw, Poland and a house on Howertown Road in Catasauqua.

It gives me goose pimples to realize that our small town is part of a bigger, global movement. 

You can check out - www.lightitupblue.org for more information and ways to donate.  

In the meantime check out the blue lights in Catty and that's another day in Catasauqua