Making a difference: Stories from the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund Holiday Campaign

Making a difference: Stories from the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund Holiday Campaign

Thousands of children and families throughout Central Florida need your help this holiday season. Contributions to the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund Holiday Campaign provide basic needs like a hot meal, a place to sleep or after-school tutoring and literacy programs to youth year-round. All administrative costs are paid by the Family Fund and the McCormick Foundation, which contributes 50 cents for every dollar donated. You also can charge a donation to a credit card by calling 800-518-3978.Or go online at OrlandoSentinel.com/familyfund . Questions? Call 407-420-5705.

Apopka Family Learning Center helps struggling kids catch up

7:04 PM EST, December 30, 2013

Apopka Family Learning Center helps struggling kids catch up

The teacher called the anxious third-graders to her desk, one by one.

Mentors give gift of reading to young students

11:58 AM EST, December 23, 2013

ORLANDO SENTINEL FAMILY FUND

Mentors give gift of reading to young students

At the start of third grade, it seemed unlikely that Jack Bottalico would make it to fourth grade.

Family Fund: Mustard Seed's furnishings help families at crucial times

6:55 PM EST, December 7, 2011

beth kassab: Family Fund: Mustard Seed's furnishings help families at crucial times

Think about the things you take for granted each day.

Family Fund: Agency helps man keep his independence

8:37 PM EST, December 28, 2011

Family Fund: Agency helps man keep his independence

Raymond Nicoulin isn't one to call a charity for help at the first sign of trouble.

Family Fund: Catholic Charities of Central Florida helps young family

8:42 PM EST, December 31, 2011

Family Fund: Catholic Charities of Central Florida helps young family

Alfonzo and Chauvonne Jackson's love story sounds like it belongs in "When Harry Met Sally."

Family Fund: Coalition for Homeless helps dad, son find strength, footing

8:26 PM EST, December 15, 2011

Family Fund: Coalition for Homeless helps dad, son find strength, footing

An 8-year-old boy leans on his father's arm, raises his head and grins.

Family Fund: Caregiver support group aims to lessen load in ways small, large

7:15 PM EST, December 21, 2011

Family Fund: Caregiver support group aims to lessen load in ways small, large

Orange County Deputy Sheriff Louis "Lou" Minnis rises before the sun to wake his wife, Debbie, and take her to the bathroom.

Family Fund: Food bank bridges hunger gap in tough economy

December 15, 2011

Family Fund: Food bank bridges hunger gap in tough economy

They start lining up two hours before the doors open.

Family Fund: Free box of food keeps family tradition alive

7:57 PM EST, December 10, 2011

Family Fund: Free box of food keeps family tradition alive

Grocery shopping used to be an ordinary chore for Lisa Lee:

Family Fund: West Volusia family thankful for help from Jewish Federation

6:58 PM EST, December 8, 2011

Family Fund: West Volusia family thankful for help from Jewish Federation

ORANGE CITY — That rueful day darkened by financial despair for Glen and Heather Vickers was supposed to be one of their happiest.

Family Fund: Area woman looks to rebuild life, break cycle of homelessness

10:38 PM EST, December 1, 2011

Family Fund: Area woman looks to rebuild life, break cycle of homelessness

For almost 30 minutes now, Ann Vega has been sifting through the shards of her life with the casual detachment of a trained clinician.

Family Fund: Meals on Wheels serves up friendship for area seniors

9:32 PM EST, December 2, 2011

Family Fund: Meals on Wheels serves up friendship for area seniors

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS — A group of women saunters into the cafeteria after Bible study, a Thursday-morning ritual in a backroom at New Bethel AME church, ready for another competitive game of bingo.

Family Fund: Big Blue Bus fuels imagination, early learners

8:08 PM EST, November 24, 2011

Family Fund: Big Blue Bus fuels imagination, early learners

LEESBURG — Inside the Big Blue Bus, 4-year-old Kevin Mark's imagination took off like a kid on a Big Wheel.

Family Fund: Jewish Family Services helps family get on its feet

8:50 PM EST, November 25, 2011

Family Fund: Jewish Family Services helps family get on its feet

Two years ago, Kiah and Marcus Boss were at their wits' end.

Holiday fund: BETA Center helps keep pregnant teens in school

9:22 PM EST, November 26, 2011

Scott Maxwell: Holiday fund: BETA Center helps keep pregnant teens in school

Looking at Holly Spoonley today, her life probably doesn't seem too remarkable.

Family Fund: Abused women find sanctuary at Seminole's Safehouse

December 1, 2011

Family Fund: Abused women find sanctuary at Seminole's Safehouse

She said she finally left after her husband choked their son, and the despondent teenager threatened to kill himself with hedge clippers.

Holiday HQ: Fun, Tips, Food, Events and more

9:06 AM EDT, November 1, 2012

Holiday HQ: Fun, Tips, Food, Events and more

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