Nonprofit wraps gifts to raise awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Credit: Philip Skretvedt (l) and FASD Speaks founder Charles Haire wrap gifts at Barnes & Noble in December. Photo by Michelle Bruch

Lyndale resident Charles Haire is wrapping gifts for free throughout the holiday season, working to spread the word about his new nonprofit FASD Speaks.

“I put a face to the story,” said Charles Haire, who was diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

Haire was homeless for a time, and he said it’s crucial to spotlight hard-to-find services for adults with FASD. He tells people there is no safe amount of alcohol during pregnancy.

“Why risk it? It’s not worth it for me, it’s not worth it for the future me’s of this world,” he said.

Haire is wrapping gifts at the downtown Barnes & Noble from noon-4 p.m. on Dec. 16 and 17 and from 4-8 p.m. on Dec. 20, 21 and 23.