The Walton County Snowbirds, Inc., showed that the panhandle is their winter home, and they are truly at home while in the area. They presented Children in Crisis with a check for $2,628 and pledged their support as members of the community. The Snowbird President made the presentation on behalf of the membership. Funding for the donation came from proceeds generated from community coupon book sales and 50/50 drawings.
The donation renewed the winter guest organization’s membership in the CIC Kid’s Club, which helps feed, clothe, and care for the children living at the CIC Children’s Neighborhood. Plans are already underway for next year's support.
Ken Hair, CIC President & CEO commented, “When I see the wonderful donation from the Walton Snowbirds, I think how blessed we are to have such awesome support from our part-year residents. They are truly a part of our community and on behalf of the 950 children that have had a home at the CIC Neighborhood, thank you!”
The CIC Children’s Neighborhood is located in Fort Walton Beach but provides a home to foster children from Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties. It has an emergency shelter for children who are removed without notice from an unsafe environment, family foster homes for young children, and teen transition homes for foster children aging out of the program. To learn more about Children in Crisis call 850-864-4242 or visit www.childrenincrisisfl.org
Photo left to right: Gary Pinylo, Walton Snowbirds Co-President; Ken Hair, Children In Crisis President and CEO; Donna Reed, Walton Snowbirds President Elect; and Sharon Pinylo, Walton Snowbirds Co-President