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ACCEL Receives More Than 400 Donated Bears from Knitting Without Borders
By Autumn Jarrett - Wednesday Mar 03, 2021
ACCEL, a nonprofit that serves children and adults who have developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, cognitive disabilities and behavioral disorders, recently received more than 400 teddy bears hand-delivered from Sedona from Knitting Without Borders’ Sedona Coordinator, Gloria Brown.

“We are grateful to Knitting Without Borders for allowing us to provide our participants with handmade love – especially during the pandemic,” says Jessie Bustamante, ACCEL’s chief development offer. “These teddy bears serve as a reminder that they are cared about by people that are near and far.”

Knitting Without Borders’ volunteers knit and crochet handmade teddy bears to be donated to children in orphanages, schools, remote villages, and hospitals where children are undergoing medical tests and treatments with the hope to provide joy to all.

About ACCEL
ACCEL is a nonprofit organization serving children and adults who have developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, cognitive disabilities and behavioral disorders. Founded in 1980, ACCEL is celebrating 40 years of providing innovative, individualized and comprehensive educational, therapeutic, employment, behavioral and life skills training to its students, adult members and clients. ACCEL’s private educational program supports students ages five to 22, with school campuses located in Phoenix and Tempe, and a satellite campus in Buckeye. ACCEL’s Adult Services program provides day programming for adults ages 18 and older, through the lifespan. The BISTÅ Center, an applied behavior analysis agency located in Mesa, serves children ages 18 months to 13 years old with early intervention services. For more information, please visit http://www.accel.org/.