For the third year in a row, Lucas Lormand and his grandma, Cindy Brown, will raise money for Camp Jigsaw to help adolescent boys on the autism spectrum.
Based at a dorm at Mississippi State University in Starkville, where the campers lodge, boys age 13 and up will participate in a slew of activities, including going to nearby Lake Tiak-O’Khata, having picnics and watching movies, among other things.
The camp was started in 2009 by Sandy Devlin, a professor of special education at MSU.
This year’s camp, which takes place the last week of June, will be Lormand’s fourth time going.
He said he’s looking forward to meeting all the other campers. Last year, there were about 50, he said.
Lormand is a 16-year-old eighth-grader at Grenada Middle School who lives in Greenwood and was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome when he was 10.
Though the camp is free, Brown and Lormand didn’t realize that the camp relies on donations to keep operations going. Since then, Lormand and Brown have held a fundraiser each year.
As they did last year, they will host a lemonade stand March 14 and 15 from noon to 3 or 4 p.m. at 401 W. Barton Ave.
They are also selling raffle tickets for a prize package worth about $2,100, Brown said.
The prize package consists of gift cards, pieces of pottery, door hangers, candles, “just all different types of prize,” Brown said.
“It’s all a lot of prizes, and you get all of it,” Lormand said. “Every single piece.”
The drawing for the prize will be conducted via a livestream on Facebook at 4 p.m. March 15 (search for “Cindy Brown Smith” on Facebook to find the livestream).
Tickets are $10 each or three for $25. They will be sold until the start of the raffle.
“Every dime that we bring in is going to Camp Jigsaw,” Brown said.
Emphasizing his grandma’s point, Lormand said “every single dollar” is donated.
To purchase raffle tickets, contact Brown at 457-1043.
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