Tampa, FL (January 29, 2013)— Since 1977, Champions for Children has served over one million of Tampa Bay’s children and families. On Wednesday, January 30at 11a.m., the non-profit organization will again be a part of touching the lives of children and families through the work of the Hillsborough County Children’s Board Family Resource Centers in East County. Champions for Children will sponsor the official ribbon cutting ceremony and “community-welcome” open house event of the Plant City based family resource centers.
“It is an honor for Champions for Children to be partnering with the East County communities, Children’s Board Hillsborough County and the Healthy Start Coalition of Tampa Bay. We are very excited about this partnership and invite people to come and visit the brand new Family Resource Center,” says Champions for Children executive director, Brian McEwen.
WHO: Champions for Children and the Hillsborough County Children’s Board
WHAT: Ribbon cutting ceremony and open house event for the brand new Children’s Board Family Resource Centers in East County. The community is invited for refreshments, a tour of the center, an introduction to the center’s staff and information on all classes and resources.
WHEN: Wednesday, January 30, from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. sharp.
WHERE: 639 S. Alexander Street in Plant City
For more information, visit http://www.familysupporthc.org/index.cfm/fuseaction/EastCounty.Home.
The media is invited to attend a very touching and visual ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11AM sharp on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013. Champions for Children Executive Director, Brian McEwen, is available for interview on location. Contact Julie Robbins at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (813) 448-7717.
About Champions for Children:
Established in 1977, Champions for Children (CFC), formerly Child Abuse Council, has provided assistance to thousands of families throughout Hillsborough County using education, prevention techniques and treatment programs. In 2011 alone, CFC served approximately 40,000 children and families. CFC’s mission is to build stronger families in the Tampa Bay Region through child abuse prevention and family education programs. They believe that establishing strong family units is vital to our community. As Hillsborough County ranks fourth in the state of Florida for number of reported incidences of abuse and neglect, CFC is committed to providing services that help strengthen families and stop the cycle of abuse. CFC is located at 3108 West Azeele Street in Tampa, 33609. For more information their programs and other upcoming events, please visit their website at www.championsforchildrentampabay.org.
From Bay News 9, December 17, 2012:
A holiday store in Tampa is helping to make sure people in need will be able to provide their young children with a wonderful Christmas.
It’s going to be a special Christmas for Trish Tinsley and her four young children, thanks to the Champions for Children Holiday Store.
“Now they can wake up happy and I can too,” she said.
Tinsley met her volunteer Cathy Hill at the door, and then they walked through the store and picked out Christmas toys for each one of her kids.
The organization sets up shop at its offices in Tampa. For three days all the toys are free. Those in need can make their way through to make sure their kids have a wonderful Christmas.
“The parents are so grateful that they’re able to pick out a special toy for their special child,” development director Maria Lewis said.
Volunteers step up to make this happen. They help the clients shop, they donate presents and wrap the gifts when the shoppers are finished.
“When the children either come downstairs, sees the tree, and the presents, how their eyes light up and you’re actually living through them Christmas morning, so it’s very important to me,” Hill said.
When all the shopping is done, the presents are wrapped and parents like Tinsley know their children will have a Christmas to remember.
The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Champions for Children tries to build stronger families through education.