GameStop and its family of retail brands will once again help raise funds during World Autism Month to support research, family services and advocacy
NEW YORK, March 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GameStop Corp., a global family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, will once again partner with Autism Speaks® during April, World Autism Month, to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism. The campaign also will raise vital funds for autism research and resources for every stage of life.
The second annual in-store campaign runs from April 1 through April 30, with 100 percent of donations going to Autism Speaks, which is devoted to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of people with autism and their families. As a thank-you to customers who donate $1 or more at video game stores or online, GameStop is offering triple PowerUp Rewards points on the donation amount. In addition, customers at all Spring Mobile AT&T, Cricket Wireless, Simply Mac, and ThinkGeek retail stores will also be able to donate.
“What started out last year as a simple donation checkout campaign to help families impacted by autism quickly evolved into something even more meaningful than we imagined,” said Matt Hodges, vice president of corporate communications. “Our customers and associates started sharing with us their personal autism stories, and their commitment to support our company and Autism Speaks by raising understanding and acceptance of autism.”
GameStop’s continued partnership with Autism Speaks follows a successful 2016 campaign that raised more than $1.2 million and helped fully fund the organization’s iPad grant program for low-income children and adults with autism, who use the device to assist with communication.
The donations raised during this year’s campaign will help fund Autism Speaks’ specially trained Autism Response Team, which provides information, tools and resources to help people with autism and their families make informed decisions. Funds will also support Autism Speaks’ mission to improve the health and quality of life for all people affected by autism.
“We can’t thank GameStop and its customers enough for their generosity,” said Alyssa Herman, Autism Speaks chief relationship officer. “Each dollar increases our ability to enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.”
To find your local GameStop, Simply Mac, Spring Mobile AT&T, or ThinkGeek stores, visit www.gamestop.com, www.simplymac.com, www.springmobile.com, or www.thinkgeek.com. To learn more about Autism Speaks, visit: autismspeaks.org.
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, most caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences. An estimated 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum.
ABOUT AUTISM SPEAKS
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. We empower people with autism and their families with resources, online tools and information covering the life span. To find resources, join a fundraising walk or make a donation, go to www.AutismSpeaks.org.
ABOUT GAMESTOP CORP.
GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is a global, multichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer. GameStop operates more than 7,500 stores across 14 countries. The company's consumer product network also includes www.gamestop.com; www.Kongregate.com, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer® magazine, the world's leading print and digital video game publication; and ThinkGeek, www.thinkgeek.com, the premier retailer for the global geek community featuring exclusive and unique video game and pop culture products. Our Technology Brands segment includes 1,522 Simply Mac, Spring Mobile AT&T and Cricket stores. Simply Mac, www.simplymac.com, sells the full line of Apple products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones and offers Apple certified warranty and repair services. Spring Mobile, www.springmobile.com, sells all of AT&T’s products and services, including DIRECTV and offers pre-paid wireless services, devices and related accessories through its Cricket branded stores in select markets in the U.S.
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