Every year the Autism Society SWLA Chapter collects, sorts and resells Mardi Gras beads. All funds collected through this fundraiser stays in the SWLA community to help provide support and opportunities for persons with Autism and their families.

One of the main activities that this fundraiser supports is the Autism Camp, Camp Hopen. Camp Hopen is an overnight camp, at no cost to the Autistic person, packed with many structured activities.

This years bead drop off locations are:

  • Direct Care, 3006 Common St, Lake Charles
  • IBEW Local 861, Hwy 90, Lake Charles
  • Central Library, Ernest Street, Lake Charles
  • Southern Tire Mart, 102 Dennis Ave, Sulphur

For any inquiries about bead donation or collection call the Autism Society SWLA Chapter telephone line at (337)-855-2068 to be directed to the closest drop off locations or arrange pick up.