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Angels In Our Midst

Angels In Our Midst

 
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Angels in our Midst (Cram the Van)

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:43 PM CDT
In just days and weeks, Northwest Florida children will be going back to school.
Thanks to a generous community, thousands of these children have the chance to go back with the tools they need to learn.
   
Joshua Mitchell, Sharing With Others;  "I brought some pencils and five notebooks. I want to donate for the people who don't have the stuff that we have."

And they gave pencils, pens, glue, scissors, paper ...
Ledora Long, Just A Grandmother;  "I'm a grandmother and I know what it's like to need.  And anything I can do to help a child, I'm just a grandmother."

Almost everyone had a story, their own reason for giving.
Diane Vicker, Giving Back;  "My husband and I, we're raising our granddaughter, we adopted when she was three, she's 11 now.  And this program has been helping her for years and years and now we want to give back."     

Marie Rhodes, Remembers How Others Helped Her;  "I know people need help.  I needed help at one time when I was suffering through things in New Orleans and people helped me out.  So, it doesn't hurt, a little something for everybody, help the kids out."     

Businesses is the community gave back in a big way.  Florida insurance agency rolled in five buggy loads of backpacks.

Bailey, Florida Insurance Agency Backpack Rep;  "I think this is like an amazing opportunity to know that we are all helping somebody."

Other companies brought checks and allowed the volunteers to shop for the supplies that were needed the most.  Gulf Power employees did their part to help brighten futures of tomorrow's engineers and technicians.  Small business owners also saw an opportunity to help.

Chris Roney, Ace Unlocks;  "The community has been good to my business and we just want to give back."

A lot of parents used the day to teach their children lessons before they get into the classroom; a lesson in sharing.   Many teachers and school support staff came to donate "and" to volunteer.  A number of former and current school board members understand firsthand the need.

Linda Moultrie, Escambia School Board Member;  "It is so important to families to just be able to get school supplies without having to come out of their pockets so they can take that money and use it elsewhere, in buying shoes and clothes, to help the child return to school so they can feel good about themselves."

Some who had little to give, gave all they had.

And the two week drive wrapped up with a commitment fulfilled.  More than 200 members of ABATE and their friends, rallied to launch their own campaign to Cram the Van.  They made their way to the Channel 3 studios, in grand style, to do just that.  

To everyone who helped in any way, the children, and we, say thank you.
Angels in our Midst is brought to you by Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.
       

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