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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 going to OrlandoSentinel.com/familyfund.

Questions? Call 407-420-5705.

  • Homeless coalition facility helps women get back on their feet

    Homeless coalition facility helps women get back on their feet

    Michaela Watts wakes up at 5:45 a.m. each day, gets dressed, wakes up her 2-year-old daughter, makes sure she doesn't eat her toothpaste and gets her on the bus. Then she repeats the whole routine with her 11-year-old son. But for Watts, it's both a routine and a learning experience. It's the beginning...

  • The Healing Tree offers hope for abused children

    The Healing Tree offers hope for abused children

    The healing starts from the front entrance of this place. Colorful paintings and toys fill the front room of The Healing Tree, where children who have been neglected or abused receive therapy. They come with their caregivers and parents, nestle into the rooms of therapists such as Kenny Tello and...

  • Elevate Orlando helps students reach brighter futures

    Elevate Orlando helps students reach brighter futures

    Nya Franklin admits it was not easy to reach her when she was a freshman at Oak Ridge High School. Maybe that's why it felt so jarring when her teacher-mentors in the Elevate Orlando program held their arms out to give her a hug on her first day in class. They reached out to her, and the gesture...

  • Bread of Life nourishes the needy during holidays, throughout the year

    Bread of Life nourishes the needy during holidays, throughout the year

    "Give us this day our daily bread." Who would have ever thought that this most essential request in the Lord's Prayer would be answered by traveling down a tiny dirt road in Ocoee where an old warehouse sits adjacent to a pasture filled with grazing buffalo? This is where Mark Anthony is doing...

  • Agency allows people to aspire for a new life

    Agency allows people to aspire for a new life

    After all the arrests and drugs and domestic abuse she'd experienced, you'd think Amy Fedoration might have a hard time choosing the single worst time of her life. But it's easy. Her eyes well up when she recalls giving up her newborn son up for adoption. "That was my lowest. The drugs had cost...

  • Military-to-civilian transition can mean tough job search

    Military-to-civilian transition can mean tough job search

    After 20 years split between the Marines and the Army, Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steele had plenty of job experience, including time as a supervisor in an intelligence unit. But when he retired from the military last year, finding a civilian job that matched his skills was a struggle. "This is Central...

  • The Village: A safe place to start a better life

    The Village: A safe place to start a better life

    Even in mismatched socks — one featuring "Hello Kitty," the other Mickey Mouse — Gabrielle Silbert no longer stands on shaky ground. Her life is more balanced, her future brighter at The Village, a transitional-housing program for young people fresh from foster care. The 19-year-old former foster...

  • Sudden death spurs Kids House to provide safety net for children

    Sudden death spurs Kids House to provide safety net for children

    What do you do when a tragedy is a blessing? How do you process the relief of no longer living with an abuser who inflicted pain, with the heartbreak of seeing him die in front of you? What do you tell your four children there is nothing to fear, when there is everything to fear because the sole...

  • Food bank helps families find nourishment, faith and hope

    Food bank helps families find nourishment, faith and hope

    Judie Kellogg knows the faces of hunger and desperation that walk through the doors of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Some are well-groomed with cautious smiles, a few are tired and disheveled, and others look like soccer moms and dads, with deer-in-the-headlights expressions. But...

  • Foundation for Foster Children helps youths, new parents adapt

    Foundation for Foster Children helps youths, new parents adapt

    It wasn't exactly smooth sailing for Wanda Adams when her three grandchildren moved in with her. The children — 9-year-old Serenity, 7-year-old Saryha and 6-year-old Zaylen — had to relocate after their parents got into drug-related legal trouble. Adams' life was essentially turned upside down...

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