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A Time to Give: Local Charities

Published: 11/30/2013

From Pensacola Magazine

'Tis the season of door-busters, decorations and delicious dinners. As cash registers ding and neighborhoods are bathed in a Christmas light glow, everyone gets overwhelmed by the endless shopping lists, travel arrangements, and pre-vacation work tasks. In the hustle and bustle of it all, however, it is easy to forget the most needy in our area who do not often have the privilege of these aggravating but rewarding stressors.

 

Area charities remain open through the holidays to help feel the homeless, provide support for abused populations, and bring joy to the mentally and physically handicapped. These non-profits, often operating on a shoestring budget, struggle especially through the holidays as typical donors have other priorities and their wallets are thinned by holiday shopping and travel expenses.

 

As the saying goes, every little bit helps, and that is never truer than during the Thanksgiving and Christmas months. Many today elect to allot a percentage of their gift budget to pay their blessings forward to those who need it most, and by donating the certified charitable organizations, you can ensure that the financial contributions are used for the betterment of these individuals.

 

Following is a list of some of the most diverse and helpful non-profits in the area, all of whom guarantee that whatever you give will be put to good use right here in the Pensacola community.

 

Gulf Coast Kid's House

Started in 1998 thanks to the collective vision of concerned citizens and child advocates, the Gulf Coast Kid's House (GCKH) is an integrated response system to child abuse in a single, child-friendly location. In 2004, that location was purchased and a pool of professionals and resources was created to help rehabilitate children and prosecute offenders.

 

With the GCKH, abused children only have to tell their story once, as it is documented and passed onto law enforcement while the kids are counseled, examines and rehabilitated. Since 2004, the GCKH has helped nearly 11,000 children, and as cases of abuse increase, the center is planning to expand, thanks to a recent Impact 100 grant.

 

Money and item donations are imperative to the continued wellbeing of abused children. Various-sized underwear, girls and boys summer clothing, $25 gift cards, fluorescent light bulbs, kid-friendly snacks, and paper products such as paper towels and tissues are all accepted at the GCKH's 12th Avenue location. Monetary donations can be made on their website, at gulfcoastkidshouse.org.

 


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