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Children Jump in to Help Local Boy With ASD Get His Service Dog

By Rosie Cunningham


Mason Thompson, 4, last weekend, holding a sign urging the community to try out his yummy lemonade. 
Contributed Photo Mason Thompson, 4, last weekend, holding a sign urging the community to try out his yummy lemonade. Contributed Photo DELHI – Local boys are learning the value of giving back at a young age.

Mason Thompson, 4, sold tasty lemonade over the weekend to help raise money for Evan Kruppo.

Accord- ing to Patti Kruppo, Evan’s mother, the dog that the money is being raised to acquire for her son is called an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assistance service dog.

“We believe this will be an asset to our family because of elopement issues. Evan is often unaware of the hazards posed by water, roads and parking lots,” she said. “Drowning is the leading cause of death for children with ASD. The service dog’s priority will be to assist in maintaining Evan’s safety. Secondly, the dog will be trained to provide calming pressure and assist Evan in socialization.”

The canine will come from 4 Paws for Ability out of Ohio, an organization which enriches the lives of children with disabilities by training and placing quality, task-trained service dogs.


Mason Thompson presents Evan Kruppo with money raised over the weekend. 
Contributed Photo Mason Thompson presents Evan Kruppo with money raised over the weekend. Contributed Photo However, because the service dog costs upwards of $17,000, many local organizations and children have lent a helping hand over the months, including Mason.

“He is friends with Evan and his siblings,” said Mason’s mother Rachelle Thompson, who is a friend and supporter of both Evan and his mother.

“He knew Evan needed a dog because he communicates differently, just from family discussions. He was told how much the dog costs and he wanted to help. Obviously, having no concept of money, he said ‘Let’s sell lemonade.’”

Mason raised $197 selling lemonade and will be hosting another lemonade stand sale next weekend.

“He learned that it wasn’t enough for the dog,” said Rachelle. “I told him it was amazing and a great start, but that sometimes it takes a community to get things done and we will all work together to get Evan his dog.”

Carson Pashley of Delhi, also held a bake sale on Saturday which raised $256 and sold $240 worth of raffle tickets toward the purchase of the service dog and for his friend Evan.

“He’s been a big supporter of Evan over the past couple of years,” said Kruppo. “He is very thoughtful and has been in Evan’s class for two years at Delaware Academy.”

Kruppo added that the generosity of the community and the children is “incredible. They are teaching others how to be generous, accepting and loving of people who are different. They are the best advocates for autism acceptance and if the world would follow their lead, this would be a much easier feat,” she said.

Visit www.razoo.com to donate to the effort of getting Evan a service dog.

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