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Sioux City police raise awareness and raise funds during Autism Acceptance Month

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Autism Acceptance Badge

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- April is Autism Acceptance Month and the Sioux City Police Department is taking steps towards helping educate the community.

Starting April 1, Siouxlanders can stop by the police headquarters and purchase a special badge for ten dollars.

All funds raised will go towards the Pier Center for Autism and their new building project.

The department had 500 badges made with the hope to sell all of them in record time in order to donate the funds to the Pier Center for Autism as soon as possible.

With April being Autism Acceptance month, officers say this was a project they really wanted to get behind and support.

"Personally my family has been impacted by autism, we have officers and staff who have been impacted by autism, so this has a very strong meaning to all of us," said Chief Rex Mueller.

It's been over a year since the Pier Center for Autism announced their $1.5 million project to build a new center.

Directors of the center said this fundraiser will help them get that much closer to serving more people with autism and their families in the community.

"We have around 70 families on the waiting list, so we need more space, we have completely maxed out our facility which has served us very well. Any of this money that will be raised with the patches will be going towards the building of our new facility which is on stadium drive," said The Pier Center for Autism Clinical Director Miranda Smalley.

Leaders with the Pier Center for Autism say their new center should be open by the middle of this summer.

Libbie Randall

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