• Christmas is Coming to ECCAC …It’s Adopt-a-Family Time

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    October 11, 2021
    It’s time to start planning for this year’s Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) Adopt-a-Family program to help children and their families in need over the upcoming holiday season. There will be many families in our area in economic distress, especially this year. Who couldn’t use a boost of Christmas spirit?

    ECCAC is seeking donors who will purchase gifts for individual families. It is important that all gifts are new and unwrapped.  Gift certificates are great for teens and Christmas decorations are always a bonus if funds allow. Over the years, the Adopt-a-Family program has helped hundreds of children and their families have a brighter Christmas. Last year, the program helped 197 children in 70 families have a festive holiday season. 

    People can sign up now for Adopt-a-Family on-line at www.eccac.org/adoptafamily. Or, contact Nicole Steinbrink at nicole@eccac.org, or call her at 850-833-9237, Ext. 222 to make arrangements. Then shop for the families and bring unwrapped gifts by December 14th, or sooner to the Niceville or DeFuniak Springs Centers.  For those who wish to contribute, but might not want to deal with holiday crowds, consider making a 2021 year-end tax-deductible donation to ECCAC.

    ECCAC’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect, protect children in Okaloosa and Walton counties and restore the lives and futures of these impacted children. The two Centers child-friendly facilities house a multidisciplinary team of child protection personnel, prosecutors, law enforcement, DCF, therapists, and ECCAC staff, along with volunteers. In ECCAC’s 21-year history, over 15,000 children have received more than 170,000 services at no cost. 

    For further information about the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, visit www.eccac.org. If abuse is suspected, call the anonymous Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE. 
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