TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - People gathered to share a burger and to donate to a good cause Tuesday.
Tupelo Parks and Recreation hosted a burger bash in Fairpark to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day.
An $8 donation got visitors a burger, chips, a cookie and a drink.
Dana Robert's son has autism and she went to the event to share her support and her appreciation.
"The line has been continuously long," she said. "We got here like 10 minutes after they started cooking, and this just warms my heart that this many people come out to support this."
Almost 500 boxes were sold, and all proceeds go to support the new autism center in Tupelo.
The center will start a program called BLAST, which stands for "building life and social training."
The center simulates many real-life scenarios to help visitors adapt to normal life.
In one room, clients can test each of their sense with different activities. In another room, clients can work out and learn all about physical fitness and health.
The center has several rooms of different meaning.
"We're trying to simulate what your daily responsibilities would be as far as taking care of yourself and taking care of the environment you live in," Clinical Director Sheila Williamson said.
The autism center is about providing hope, support and empowerment for all different levels and ages of individuals on all levels of the autism spectrum.