United Methodist Children's Home gets $1K boost for gifts

Crestview United Methodist Children

Crestview United Methodist Children's Home spiritual care minister Mary Sims and group home supervisor Mae Knox receive a check for $1,000 from Spanish Trail Cruisers president, Mike Turman, secretary Doug Faircloth and vice president John Colby.

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Published: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 11:42 AM.

CRESTVIEW — United Methodist Children's Home residents will have a cheerier Christmas thanks to the Spanish Trail Cruisers' $1,000 donation.

The money will greatly benefit the five kids, ages 13 to 17, who reside at the Duggan Street facility, Shanda Davis, a youth care worker at the home, said.

"It is going for Christmas gifts for the kids, and will help pay for activities when we go somewhere on field trips," Davis said.

Sometimes, as many as 12 kids live at the home, Colby said.

Monetary gifts make a big difference in the children's lives because they are too old to receive gifts from "angel trees." Under the latter program, donors pull an ornament imprinted with a child's name and purchase an age-appropriate gift. 

"If it (wasn't) for donations like ours, the kids wouldn't have any gifts since the home only receives enough funding for the essentials," club vice president John Colby said.

The car club's members traditionally put money raised from their signature events — such as the spring Average Joe Car Show on Main Street — back into the community.

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