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About Us 


Matthew Zarrillo was known for his contagious personality, charming sense of humor, and big heart. He touched the lives of many as he grew into a remarkable 10-year-old boy. And despite his daily battles with autism and epilepsy, Matthew always found a way to smile. 


The world lost Matthew far too soon on March 23, 2015. Through the pain and sadness, Mike and Adrienne Zarrillo soon realized they were given a special purpose. With Matthew as their beacon and inspiration, they set out to cherish his memory by giving back and helping others. Through Matthew's Helping Hands, they are blessed to share Matthew's love with other children facing some of the similar challenges that he experienced. 


Matthew's Helping Hands was established in September 2015 to make a positive impact in the lives of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other special needs. Today, we do this by organizing and hosting fun, safe, and sensory-friendly social and recreational events for children, families and caregivers.

Long-term, our vision is to one day open a community center in the Charlotte area that serves the amazing children and families in our special needs community.


Matthew's Helping Hands, Inc. is an exempt North Carolina nonprofit corporation as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (EIN: 47-4895421).



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