April 2019 Advocacy Alert

April 2019 Advocacy Alert
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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month!
Did you know that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month? Every year, Child Abuse Prevention Month brings to light the fact that many do not realize the  peril our children can experience and have to deal with right here in Northwest Florida. There are  approximately 1,100 cases of child sexual and physical abuse reported annually in Okaloosa and Walton  Counties, an average of three a day! Despite those big numbers, nearly 2/3 of the actual needs to help child  victims go unmet due to lack of reporting to authorities.
We, the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center, are here to help these child abuse victims any way that we can. We provide services for young child abuse  victims and their families in a child-friendly environment. We have two centers, one in Niceville in Okaloosa County, and the Pierce Family Children's Advocacy Center in  DeFuniak Springs in Walton County. It is estimated that for every  one child ECCAC helps, there are two children out there who are not helped.
 
National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and promotes the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, we encourage families to increase their awareness on strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect, focusing on positive parenting and keeping kids safe.
There are kids affected by child abuse and neglect in our community, but the most important thing to know about child abuse is that it is preventable.
 

HELP Stubbs Orthodontics help the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center! By liking Stubbs Ortho on social media, sharing their posts, writing reviews, checking into their office on social media, or donating money to the ECCAC via check at their office, you will be entered for a chance to WIN an Nintendo Switch! 
 
Winner will be selected on April 31, 2019! 

Winn-Dixie Community Bag Program
    
We have been chosen by the Winn-Dixie located in Niceville as the latest non-profit to benefit from the Community Bag Program. This means that for the entire month of April, the ECCAC will receive a $1 donation every time a Community Bag is sold unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag.
 
All you have to do to support ECCAC is go to the Winn-Dixie located in Niceville throughout the month of April and pick up a bag! You can find the two colorful reusable Community Bags with the Giving Tag on the reusable bag rack at the store. The key is to look for the bags with a tag that features a blue heart with $1 in it.
 

14th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction

Registration is now open for the 2019
To purchase your tickets, please click here!
Destin Charity Wine Auction is ranked #3 on the list of "Top 10 Charity Wine Auctions in the US" by 
Wine Spectator Magazine 
for the second consecutive year, raising $18 million for children in need in Northwest Florida since it's inception in 2005. 

 
Eating for Advocacy

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and one of the ways we are trying to raise awareness is through our Eating for Advocacy program. Join us for dinner on Tuesday, April 23rd at Jon Smith Subs in Miramar Beach (inside the Sandestin Marketshops) from 5-7pm. They will be giving 20% of their proceeds back to the ECCAC! 

Front Desk Volunteers

We are in need of front desk volunteers at the Pierce Family Children's Advocacy Center in DeFuniak Springs! If you are interested, please contact Angie Harder at  Angie@ECCAC.org  or at (850) 833-9237 Ext. 253

Event Volunteers 

There are several volunteer opportunities for Destin Charity Wine Auction Weekend (April 26-28).

If you are interested in volunteering for this event or future events, please contact Chelsea Fox at Chelsea@ECCAC.org or at (850) 833-9237 Ext. 256

Easter Candy & Easter Baskets
Cream rinse for girls hair
New socks for teen boys and girls
Toiletries
Feminine products for teens
Underwear
We are accepting donations of new underwear for boys and girls, in all sizes.
Season appropriate clothing- NB-teen sizes to age 18 (new or gently used-no holes, stains)
Diapers; sizes Newborn and 4-6
Gas & Walmart Gift Cards
If you would like to donate a gift card, please purchase gift cards for either $10 or $25 amounts.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Individually wrapped snacks
Juice boxes
Sodas (in cans, please!)
Cases of Water bottles
Pack 'n Play beds

We accept donations at both of our Centers, and we appreciate your support! 

We had another successful Chi Chi Miguel Weekend that we benefitted from that was hosted by the Emeril Lagasse Foundation! We appreciate all they do for the children in our local community! 

Thank you to the North Florida ITG Division of HCA Healthcare located at FWB Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital for collecting donations for us! 
 
Students of the Pryor Middle School National Junior Honor Society of FWB collected paper towels, baby wipes and toothpaste for us! 

T his is Gabriela and Graciela Mercado. In lieu of receiving gifts for themselves at their 12th birthday party, they asked their friends to bring gifts for ECCAC children.
Mom says the girls have grown up knowing about the Center from a young age and frequently donate their dresses they have outgrown to us! 

Thank you to Kenwood Elementary School's Boys and Girls Club for letting us come      and present our Anti-Bullying Presentation!


Thank you to the Niceville Exchange Club for their generous donation! 
We were excited to be a part of the Women of Destiny event at Destiny Worship Center! 



Sandestin Wine Festival
April FRESH BAKED sponsor
 

Niceville Loc-N-Stor


Israel Williams of Ziic Outdoors, LLC. 

Thank you to our ECCAC Club Members!

Guardian Angel
Jim and Tammy Pierce
Jim Karian
Protector
Lea Capers
Julie Porterfield
Jackson Wilson
Carmen Konert
Michael C. Thompson
Dana Saffel
John Smith
Advocate
Eldon Diamond
Patrick Reily
MaryAnn K Jones
Patricia Castelli
Hanya Bluestone
Lauren Thompson
Lee Shaw
Thomas Cooper
Renee Pellegrino
Randall Leggett
Jeffery Pierce
Tara Johnson
 
Friends Of The Center (Couple)
Janet Parker
Bernadette Williams
Bridget Keepman
Keri Atchley
Eric Aden
Alan Wood
Cheryl Pawelczyk
James Rowell
Bill Fletcher
Brian Plott
Sydney Harper
Kathleen Jarvis
Leslie Fuller
Melissa Bowles
Jennifer Clark
Caitlin Archer
Friend Of The Center (Individual )
Kay Phelan
Solange Jones
Rosa Fleming
Laura Renna
Erin Hoover
Leighann Elliott
Alex Jordan
Corbin Miller
Cadey Moody
Lindsey Smith
Whitney Whidden
Artie Rodriguez
Shaun Eubanks
Megan White
Megan Abreu
Alexis Poff
Ta'ki Brown
William Blanken
Brook Spires
Nancy Brown
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