TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Being a helping hand to those who have family members with autism.
It's something we're focusing on during the month of April, which is set aside to promote Autism Awareness.
When Lachanta Hall found out her two children were on the spectrum, the diagnosis came with a lot of emotion.
"I cried a whole lot and I was in denial. Once you get over that part, you understand it better and you are able to help them," said Hall.
One of Hall's main concerns is how she would provide financially for her children.
"It's a very expensive diagnosis," said Hall. "It's been a journey just getting resources because we really don't have a lot of resources here."
When she found out about the program Lucky Duck offers to help the autism community, the burden she carried got a little lighter.
"I'm very grateful because when you have a family that has kids on the spectrum, you just come here and get help," said Hall.
William Morris, Manager of Lucky Duck, wants families who come here to know that this is a safe place and there are people here willing to help.
"It's a place where we don't judge. A lot of peoples' children have bad tempers or ticks and they are hesitant to take them places," said Morris. "They can always come here because we don't judge."
If it sounds like Morris is speaking from personal experience, well, he has a nephew who is on the spectrum.
"If we can just relieve a little bit of stress by helping them with things they need, it makes my day better," said Morris.
Lucky Duck allows families who have loved ones with autism, to come to the store and apply for a $75 gift.
All you need to bring is proof of diagnosis and the staff will do its best to meet the need.