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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — April is Autism Awareness month and many organizations are hosting events or organizing campaigns to raise awareness and money for different outreach programs.

Locally, Stella & Dot stylist join a national effort to raise money for the HollyRod Foundation. It provides financial and emotional support for families and individuals touched by autism.

This is the second year Stella & Dot has agreed to donate proceeds from certain, specially designed items to the HollyRod Foundation. Last year, stylists raised a combined total of $121,700 for the organization.

Independent Stella & Dot Stylist Melanie McDonough showcased some of her pieces that benefit autism research and support on Good Morning Carolina. She even gave away an autism awareness bracelet to a lucky GMC viewer.

To learn more about the HollyRod foundation and to order some sparkly pieces for yourself, knowing you’re helping a great cause, watch her full interview from this morning. Then check out her website: www.stelladot.com/melaniem

One in 88 children is affect by autism; one in 54 boys is diagnosed. Check out the great work of the HollyRod Foundation, including their latest effort to provide educational tablets to kids who have trouble speaking. http://www.hollyrod.org/

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