The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) recently received donations of thoughtful hand-made gifts for the children from the Crafters group of the Ft. Walton Beach Snowbird Club. The Crafters gave dolls with handcrafted clothes, animals, blankets, pillows, and more.
“This is the 10th year we have received special donations from the FWB Snowbird Club,” said Julie Porterfield, ECCAC CEO. “We know all these gifts are made with love by the Crafters, and we get to see Alicia Kime each year, she has the kindest of hearts.”
Alicia Kime and her husband are from West Virginia. They have been wintering in the Ft. Walton Beach area since 2009. Kime became aware of ECCAC when she joined the Crafters group of the FWB Snowbird Club.
She commented, “The Crafters group, made up of around 30 people, donate to several area charities. I have been donating dolls to ECCAC since 2013. It feels good to know we helped brighten a child’s day.”
ECCAC provides services in a child-friendly environment to help identify, treat and support children in abusive situations, as well as helping to prevent child abuse through education and prevention programs. With a Centers in Okaloosa County and Walton County, they house representatives from the Florida Department of Children and Families, Child Protection Team, State Attorney’s Office, local law enforcement, licensed mental health counselors, and ECCAC’s staff and volunteers. In ECCAC’s 22-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.
Photo Caption: ECCAC CEO Julie Porterfield receives numerous gifts for the children from Alicia Kime, who represented the Crafters group of the FWB Snowbird Club.