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A family in Waynesboro, Georgia, is on a mission to purchase a service dog for their autistic son.

Ollie is nonverbal, and the dog will provide an extra measure of safety for Ollie. “He tends to struggle with regulation and when he’s done being somewhere,” according to his GoFundMe page. The dog will also help Ollie meet his “social, emotional and educational goals.”

Assistance dogs for nonverbal autistic patients require more extensive training, which is why the animals are so costly – in Ollie’s case,  over $17,000 dollars.

You can pitch in and donate to Ollie’s GoFundMe page here. His family has set up a Facebook page set up to keep everyone updated on the progress, ‘A Dog For Ollie.

In addition to GoFundMe, Ollie’s family is also raising money through Shoes With HeartThe organization raises money by collecting new and gently worn shoes, and pays per pound of shoes, into the fund for Ollie’s service dog.

UPDATE: Two local business have offered their spaces as dropoff locations for shoes for Ollie’s fundraiser! You can donate new or gently worn shoes at:

  • DeLaigle Home Center (1735 Gordon Highway, Augusta)
  • Trucks And More (245 Bobby Jones Expressway, Augusta)

Jenny Bender is one third of the Kicks Wake Up Krew on Kicks 99 in Augusta, Georgia, along with Cash & Dub. She's married to Chris Bender and is doting dog mom to their two rescue fur babies, Mary Poppins Bender & Truly Scrumptious Bender. Jenny is a karaoke queen who loves Jesus, country music, cheese, and the color pink.