Autism walk a success

Richard Johnson
Falls Journal

About 100 people attended the inaugural Autism Support Walk on Saturday in International Falls.
The event recognized World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month.
Participants, including Falls Mayor Bob Anderson, walked downtown and then, due to chilly temperatures, gathered at First Assembly of God Church.
They originally had planned to gather at Smokey Bear Park.
They enjoyed popcorn and cotton candy at the church. There also was face-painting and music.
“It’s great,” said Bob Miller of the Falls.
“It’s good to get the information out there in the community, for them to understand,” he added.
Event organizer Jennifer Hill said she was impressed by the turnout.
“Everybody has really pulled together to support us, especially in this weather,” she remarked.
“I mean, it is so cold out and yet they still came.
“I expected maybe the immediate families of the groups and maybe a couple here and there,” Hill added.
“But for this many people to turn out, it’s just incredible.”