Stranger Pays Restaurant Bill for Students with Autism

A stranger performed a random act of kindness last week when she paid a $485 tab for group of students with autism at Jose Teja’s Restaurant in Iselin, N.J. The students, who attend autism classes at Matthew Jago School in Sewaren, N.J., were out to lunch to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. As they were getting ready to leave, the manager of the restaurant came to their table to tell them that their bill had already been paid. 

The manager said that the stranger who payed the tab had a grandchild with special needs. When the students got back to school, they made a large thank you card which was later posted at the restaurant.

The card reads, “There are no words to express how touched and grateful we are to you. Your act of generosity will forever be embedded in our hearts.”

Father Runs Marathon Blindfolded for Daughter who is Blind and has Autism

Mike Bruno, volleyball coach at Point Park Universtiy in Pittsburgh, ran the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday in honor of his 8-year-old daughter Cassie, who has autism and is blind. Mike, who ran the marathon last year as well, announced that he was running this yearduring an Autism Speaks benefit last November. Mike wanted to spread awareness in a special way for this event, which is how he arrived at the idea to run the marathon blindfolded. 

Mike finished the marathon tethered to his guide Jim Irvin, Point Park’s cross-country coach,  in 3:47:59. In addition to running to spread awareness, Mike raised money to support Autism Speaks.