As we enter into the holiday season, we find ourselves eager to give to those who mean so much to us while sometimes overwhelmed by the materialism that can overshadow the true meaning of this time of the year. This is also when many organizations are seeking annual donations in order to continue their efforts to make the world a better place.  What if you could accomplish two tasks at once: finding the perfect gift for that special someone and putting your money towards a cause that is having a true impact in the world?  You can do just that by purchasing products from the following businesses and organizations that are employing adults with autism!

 

Today, as you may know, 90% of individuals on the autism spectrum are unemployed or underemployed. In recognition of that reality and in honor of Doug Flutie, Jr. himself entering into adulthood, the Flutie Foundation established Flutie Spectrum Enterprises to create micro-businesses to employ adults with autism. As a social enterprise, FSE is providing quality services at competitive rates to its customers while fulfilling its mission of providing meaningful hours of employment to adults with autism. We recognize the power of entrepreneurship and business to have a real, sustainable impact on enabling adults to lead fulfilling, independent lives.

 

For someone with a nose for good scents:

Extraordinary Ventures North Carolina:

https://gifts.evnc.org/

Scented candles, scented scrubs, soaps, gift baskets

Are you in the New York area? Find an event that Extraordinary Ventures New York is selling their candles at! http://www.evny.org/event-directory/

 

For all those people with an especially sweet tooth:

SMILE Biscotti

http://www.smilebiscotti.com/

Grins and biscotti

 

Miami is Kind

http://www.miamiiskind.org/

Macaroons

 

Chocolate Spectrum

http://shop.thechocolatespectrum.com/

Chocolate treats

 

Sugar & Spice Extraordinary Sweet Treats

http://ilovesweets.com/

Cookies, brownies, shortbread, coffeecake, gift baskets

 

Caro Clusters

http://caroclusters.com/

Sweets

 

For that furry four-legged friend on your list:

Good Reasons

http://www.goodreasons.com/product-category/treat-shop/

Dog treats

 

For someone who would appreciate a unique conversation piece:

Logs by Lou

http://www.logsbylou.com/

Log stump tables

 

For anyone looking to keep their home warm this winter or any season:

Stokes

https://www.thegrommet.com/stokes-all-natural-firestarters

Fire starters

 

To wrap up one of the perfect gifts you picked out above:

Tuckerboys Noveltees

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TuckerboysNoveltees

Gift wrap

 

Crafters for Life

http://craftersforlife.com/

https://squareup.com/market/craftersforlife

Holiday cards, coasters, key Chains

 

And if someone on your list needs some bling as shiny as their heart is kind:

Ashley Bridget

https://www.ashleybridget.com/products/awareness-9-bracelet-1

A portion of all proceeds from the sale of this bracelet is donated to the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism.

 

Happy Holidays,

Brittany Collins

Managing Director, Flutie Spectrum Enterprises