In Jacksonville, an 18-year-old young adult with Muscular Dystrophy is getting an iPad for Christmas to help his educational development. A 21-year-old in Broward County who recently adopted her 16-year-old brother will receive a car donated by one of Florida’s leading child advocates.
A young father in Miami who aged out of foster care and was recently reunified with his baby will get some special presents for his 18-month-old son. In Polk County, a local company volunteered landscaping services to help a disabled adult.
The Department of Children and Families is hoping to partner with community organizations to fulfill all of the wishes in our “Operation Santa Cause” campaign.
“We are so appreciative that these local individuals and businesses reached out to help a neighbor in need,” said Secretary David Wilkins. “There are still five families who are in need, so please see if you can give your time or resources to help.”
DCF’s mission is to help those most in need. That job is daunting. We investigated 188,000 child abuse cases and helped more than 62,000 children in child welfare last year. More than 4.8 million people receive public assistance, more than 52,000 Floridians were served in our domestic violence shelters, and more than 54,300 people are reported homeless.
However, the most exciting part of being in the business of helping others is when we are allowed the opportunity to witness communities helping their neighbors. Our Partners for Promise initiative, which kicked off one year ago, now has more than 1,550 local partner organizations signed up to provide real change in the lives of others.