Minivan among items given away at Drive for Autism event

Posted at 8:39 PM, Dec 19, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-19 22:39:15-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Every year, Markosian Auto has a charity fundraising drive for families impacted by autism, and this year they also teamed up with KBER radio for the Drive for Autism.

Friday night, Nick Markosian handed out school supplies for schools that help children with autism. But they didn’t hand out usual supplies, but rather items educators have learned work well with children who have autism.

And, as is tradition, they gave away a minivan to one very lucky family.

“We actually won,” Robidawn Sparkman said. “I’m not sure why, because there was a lot of deserving people here, but we’re so grateful, and so excited and so surprised and it’s just wonderful, and Christmas, and giving.”

The Sparkman family said the van will help them get their children to school and to doctor appointments.

One in 52 kids in Utah have autism, and educators in attendance Friday said we should do everything we can to make their lives better.