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Help us shop for Pensacola’s Foster Children

We know we haven’t even gotten through Halloween yet, but we also know that the there are over 1400 foster children in our area who are dreaming of opening gifts this holiday season that are carefully chosen just for them. If we start shopping now, we can make their dreams a reality through Northwest Florida Guardian Ad Litem Foundation‘s Hope for the Holidays.

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The Northwest Florida Guardian ad Litem Foundation provides for the needs of abused, neglected, and abandoned children in foster care while supporting the volunteer advocates in the Guardian ad Litem Program. They strive to promote normalcy in some of our most vulnerable children’s lives during one of their most traumatic times and they do this by meeting the needs the children may have like clothing, shoes, athletic fees, tutoring, camps, scouting etc. Their foundation has no paid staff and administrative overhead is less than 2% of donations.

Each Christmas they gather the wish lists from approximately 700 children in Okaloosa, Walton and Escambia counties and provide gifts for them to open on Christmas morning. They are only able to achieve this by partnering with local businesses and generous donors who step up each year. Click here to see how you and/or your organization can get involved this year and be a beacon of hope for these children, showing them that they are valued and loved by their community.

We understand that there are dozens of local causes, non profits and charities and that people choose to support causes that resonate with them in their own time. This particular cause and nonprofit is particularly close to The Local Pulse family as one of our own, Karen Jolly, is not only a Network Manager and Senior Manager for the Foundation, but has been a part of the foster care world a long time.

”From the time I was 18, I watched my parents foster over 200 children in the last 20 years. It’s been incredible to watch them love on these kids,” said Karen.

Fast-forward a few years later and Karen and her husband, Doug Jolly, would become foster parents and adopt their first child together.

“Children in foster care deserve a voice. They deserve a safe, loving place to call home. They deserve everything my own children get to experience,” said Karen.

Help us give these children the Christmas they deserve! Together our generosity can make a significant impact on the lives of children in foster care right here in our community.