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 Disney awards Children’s Home Society of Florida $10,000 grant to help child abuse victims

 Children’s Advocacy Center provides safe, child-friendly environment

 May 29, 2012 (Lakeland, Fla.) — Disney awarded a $10,000 grant to Children’s Home Society of Florida’s Children’s Advocacy Center. The center provides services for children who have been physically, sexually or emotionally abused or neglected. The focus of the center is to reduce the trauma associated with investigations of abuse or neglect. The grant was provided through Walt Disney World Resort’s Helping Kids Shine initiative.

“We are very thankful for Disney’s donation to the Children’s Advocacy Center. The donation, as well as Disney’s ongoing support, is crucial to ensuring the needs of children and families in Polk County are being met,” says Eliza McCall Horne, Executive Director of Children’s Home Society of Florida. “It is imperative that the Children’s Advocacy Center continues to provide a safe, child-friendly environment where victims of child abuse can receive the necessary investigative services, along with crisis intervention and follow-up care.”

The Children’s Advocacy Center relies on the generosity of donors to maintain services to children and their families. Funds help supplement the Children’s Advocacy Center’s Clothes Closet and provide financial assistance to help meet kids’ basic needs.

In addition to Children’s Home Society of Florida, 58 other organizations from Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Polk counties received grants totaling $1.5 million, representing a record for the Disney Helping Kids Shine program.

“At Walt Disney World Resort, our vision is to build on our philanthropic legacy by investing in programs that make a lasting change in our community and promote the happiness and well-being of children and families,” says Nancy Gidusko, director of community relations for Walt Disney World Resort. “These organizations represent the best of the best.”

Walt Disney World’s philanthropic focus is on helping families meet basic needs, youth development and education. Disney Helping Kids Shine grants support organizations in Central Florida that inspire creativity and innovation, encourage a sense of compassion for others, and promote the health and well-being of families.

Grant recipients were chosen by a 15-member committee that included Cast Members, community leaders, government officials, educators and entrepreneurs.

About Children's Home Society of Florida

Founded in 1902, Children's Home Society of Florida is the oldest and largest statewide private not-for-profit provider of services to children and families in Florida and delivers a full spectrum of prevention and intervention programs. Services include foster care, adoption, child development, emergency shelters, residential group homes, independent and transitional living for teens, parent education, counseling, mentoring, treatment for developmentally disabled children, and more. Children’s Home Society of Florida, which serves more than 2,000 kids and families in Greater Lakeland each year, helped nearly 200,000 children and families throughout the state last year. Children’s Home Society of Florida is headquartered in Winter Park, Fla.


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