April 2018 Advocacy Alert

April Advocacy Alert
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center March Newsletter
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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.  Enter the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center. They provide services for young child abuse  victims and their families in a child-friendly environment.  There are 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.

 In ECCAC's 17-year history, 11,000 children have received more than 43,000 services at no cost to include mental health therapy, crisis intervention, referrals to other community providers, interviews and medicals. The ECCAC raises 60% of their annual budget for the two Centers through special events, donations and  community-sponsored fundraisers. The remainder of monies are generated through grant requests and  governmental funding. 

To create awareness of April being National Child Abuse Month, ECCAC is offering wreath and yard sign for a $100 donation, and t-shirts for a $15 donation. To purchase, go on-line to www.eccac.org, or call 850-833-
9237 in Okaloosa County, or (850) 892-0280 in Walton County.

The Center so appreciates the support of Impact 100. Their funding has helped us provide Child Safety Matters prevention education to more than 3000 children, grades K-5!


Mark your calendars for the 13th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction! We invite you to join us April 27 through April 29 for tastes of the best wine, auction opportunities, and much more as we raise money for local children's charities! To learn more and to purchase your tickets, please click here!

Paint the Town Blue

Join us as we Paint the Town Blue to raise awareness for April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month! For a $100 donation, you will receive a yard sign and blue wreath for y our home, business, or organization! To order yours, please go online to www.ECCAC.org! 

Tour Our Centers

We invite you to tour our Centers! Tours will take monthly at each Center from 10am until 2pm. To schedule a private tour, please contact Chelsea (850-833-9237 ext 256). We would love to show you what your support means to our community!

Front Desk Volunteers 

The ECCAC is looking for volunteers to assist at the front desk at our center in DeFuniak Springs! We are having our next front desk volunteer training class at our center in DeFuniak Springs on Wednesday, April 11 th at 10am. If you are interested in attending, please email Angie Harder  or call her at (850) 833-9237.

We are accepting donations of new underwear, for boys and girls, 
 in all sizes.

Girls' Spring / Summer Clothing
The ECCAC is in need of girls' clothing sizes 3 through 6 in spring / summer clothing. 

Baby Wipes

We are seeking donations of adults and kids toothpaste! 

Gas & Walmart Gift Cards
If you  would  like to donate a gift card, please purchase gift cards for either $10 or $25 amounts!

Individually Wrapped Snacks

Juice Boxes

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Sodas (in cans, please!)

Cases of Water

Facial Tissue

Lysol Aerosal Cans & Wipes

Pack 'n Play

We accept donations at both of our Centers, and thank you for your support! 

We would like to thank Integrity Chiropractic for raising $214 for the ECCAC! We appreciate their continued support of our mission 
 to end child abuse on the Emerald Coast!

A very special thank you to Jim Pierce, Frank Flautt, and Mike Thompson! Without these three generous men, the Chi Chi Miguel 
 golf tournament would not be possible! 
And, d id you know Mike Thompson is THE Chi Chi Miguel?!

A very special thank you to Ann and Jim Barri, chairs of the Chi Chi Miguel golf tournament! Their tireless, unwavering commitment has raised thousands of dollars to help our children reclaim their childhoods. 

Local Girl Scouts Kathryn and Anna Carrieri donated boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the Center for our children to enjoy! It is always heartwarming to see those who are young helping the young.

Sandestin Wine Festival
April FRESH BAKED sponsor
CFC # 28846

Niceville Loc-N-Stor

Israel Williams of Ziic Outdoors, LLC. 
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