Walgreens teams up with local Autism group for fundraising cookout

By WEEK Producer

April 25, 2014 Updated Apr 25, 2014 at 11:22 PM CDT

PEKIN, Ill. -- If you drove past the Walgreens on Court Street in Pekin on Friday, you may have noticed something a little different.

The drug store teamed up with the Autism group Journey for a fundraising cook out.

Journey started in September and looks to connect children on the Autism spectrum, and their parents, with other families fighting the disorder.

According to the group's founder, stress felt by the parents of a child with ASD can be similar to that of a combat troop overseas.

"Our goal really is to help the kids but also help reduce the stress levels in the families, because we believe that reducing those stress levels will improve the outcome for the family, and also improve the outcome for the children," said Kristin Garrett.

The group hoped to raise enough money to pay for two new programs for kids over the summer.