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Mariam Ali
Communications specialist

Disney awards Children’s Home Society of Florida $10,000 grant

to help child victims of abuse 


Donation will benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center in Bartow

April 12, 2013 (Lakeland, Fla.)  – Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Children’s Advocacy Center was awarded a $10,000 grant through the Disney’s Helping Kids Shine Grants program. The center provides services for children who have been physically, sexually or emotionally abused or neglected. This initiative from Walt Disney World Resort supports organizations that help build strong futures for children in Central Florida.

“We are grateful for Disney’s donation to the Children’s Advocacy Center,” says Eliza McCall-Horne, executive director of Children’s Home Society of Florida, Greater Lakeland division. “The donation, as well as Disney’s ongoing support, is crucial to ensuring the needs of children in Polk County are met. The Children’s Advocacy Center is often the first step for child victims of abuse as they begin their long, arduous journeys toward healing.”

At the Children’s Advocacy Center, child victims receive medical examinations, forensic interviews, therapy and more. The Child Advocacy Center’s Clothing Closet is a vital part of the center since children must provide their clothes as evidence when they go through the investigative process. Funds from the Disney’s Helping Kids Shine grant will help supplement the Children’s Advocacy Center’s Clothing Closet and provide financial assistance to help meet children’s basic needs.

In addition to Children’s Home Society of Florida, 59 other organizations from Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Polk counties received grants totaling $1.5 million from the Disney’s Helping Kids Shine program.

“Disney's Helping Kids Shine grant recipients share our vision to inspire youth in reaching their full potential," says George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort. "We are thrilled to recognize and support the tireless efforts of these organizations and hope our investment in them helps build a better future for children and families in Central Florida."  

Disney’s Helping Kids Shine grants are expected to enrich the lives of an estimated 70,000 children in Polk, Osceola, Lake, Orange and Seminole counties through programs that include summer camps, theatre groups, music education, food, shelter and counseling.

Grant recipients were selected by a 17-member committee that included community leaders, educators and Cast Members. Details on this year’s Disney’s Helping Kids Shine Grants recipients are available at www.waltdisneyworld.com/about.

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