Local business supports Autism awareness

Allison B. Hudson

April is set aside as National Autism Awareness month, and Clifton N. Ourso Insurance Agency, Inc has taken this month to help spread the word about Autism.

“We are supporting this cause because it is the right thing to do.  We are trying to raise awareness any way we can, in hopes that one day, they will find a cure,” said Clifton Ourso.

Ourso added that he and his team have taken this project on to raise community awareness about Autism and other causes. The employees have been sporting ribbons that Financial Services Representative Kayla Toups of Clifton N. Ourso Ins. Agency Inc. has made as a visual symbol in support of Autism.

“We are excited about taking an active role in the community showing support for all causes,” said Rhonda Cavalier.

The Castrogovannie family, who resides in Donaldsonville, is raising an Autistic child, Cole, and his family has been working countless hours spreading the word about Autism. Local schools and businesses have supported Cole by raising awareness and giving monetary donations.

The family is trying to get residents and businesses in the Donaldsonville area to purchase a blue light bulb from Home Depot, where $1 of the proceeds will go to charity for Autism.

“I am proud to be a part of raising awareness for such a great cause.  We are trying to educate people on this disease and support awareness any way we can,” said Toups.

It is nice to work for the Cliff Ourso team in helping support community awareness. The community is not only a community of people but also a community of friends. It is a great feeling to be able to help our friends in the smallest way with their greatest challenges,” said Missy Coupel.

I would like to take the time, on behalf of my family and I, to thank the community for their on-going support.  Special thanks to Cliff Ourso and his staff for their help in making the community more aware of autism,” said Trish Castrogovannie.

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