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Devereux Florida
Hello Florida Friend, Jan/Feb '08 Issue
Every day, the staff of Devereux promise our children that tomorrow will be better, safer and warmer. And every day, we deliver on those promises. It is only through the generosity of our supporters that we are able to deliver on the promise of a special holiday. For some of our kids, this will be the first time they experience a home cooked holiday feast, or what its like to wake up with presents under a tree. Here are a few highlights of the Devereux Florida holiday season.
Orlando residents Chris Totten and Sam Graper know how to have a party with a purpose
Devereux FloridaChris and Sam opened their home to a holiday party for neighbors and friends. The one thing they asked in return was that each of their guests bring a toy for our children. Through this wonderful celebration, they collected over 500 toys and educated the community about Devereux's mission. Chris said' "It's easy, anyone can do it and the most amazing part is waking up the next morning after the party and seeing all the toys and knowing someone is going to get one of the gifts Christmas morning." For more on this story, see news coverage at myfoxorlando.com.
Planet Hollywood and Lee James Floral Design know how to throw a party for Devereux kids
This year Planet Hollywood in Orlando Florida opened their doors to a second annual private VIP party for 200 Devereux children! Orlando business owner, Lee James asked a Devereux foster care child what she wanted for Christmas. Her response made him want to reach out to a local establishment to gain their support, as well. "She said, Lee..all I want for Christmas is a party. She had never eaten at a restaurant before."

With an entire floor of the renowned Planet Hollywood restaurant reserved, each child was served their choice of the delicious menu, fun and games, even a visit from Santa Claus himself!

For more information about Lee James Floral Design visit leejamesfloral.com or Planet Hollywood at planethollywood.com
Central Florida News 13 and Old Town know how to make the holidays special for Devereux kids
Each year in December, Devereux foster care children from all over the state of Florida, travel to Old Town in Kissimee to enjoy a fun-filled day of complimentary food, entertainment and rides. Over 120 children, families and staff attended, giving each and every one of them an opportunity to simply enjoy a day at this wonderful amusement park - free of charge!

Central Florida News 13 works in collaboration with Old Town for annual Holiday Helpers Toy Drive for Devereux Florida. Every year their generosity grows and this year was no exception, as staff were still picking up car loads of gifts on Christmas eve! For more information on Old Town, visit old-town.com and visit Central Florida News 13 at cfnews13.com.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church knows how to provide a special holiday
Through the kindness and generosity of the congregation of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Melbourne, 170 Devereux children found many gifts in their Christmas stockings, this year! Mrs. Eleanor Dougherty, a member of Holy Trinity Church, hand made 170 Christmas stockings. Even though these stockings were already filled with love, Holy Trinity Church members filled the stocking with goodies for each child. These beautifully sewn stockings were blessed by Rector Steve Easterday and his staff and given to children at the Viera Campus and Group Homes. For more information about Holy Trinity, visit http://www.holytrinitymelbourne.org/.
Helping Children with Autism and Their Families
On January 8th of this year, Phase I of the Devereux Center for Child Development opened in Orlando, Florida. This new program is offering central Florida some much-needed services for children and adolescents with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD), including autism. Full Story >>
Making a Difference

Devereux Florida & You Making a DifferenceAs a supporter of Devereux Florida, you will be helping the children, adults and families with special needs by fostering their human potential. Help us continue to bring comfort and hope to those who need our special services.

Ways you can make a difference:
"Thank You" for your continued support.
In This Issue
> Orlando residents Chris Totten and Sam Graper know how to have a party with a purpose!
> Planet Hollywood and Lee James Floral Design know how to throw a party for Devereux kids!
> Central Florida News 13 and Old Town know how to make the holidays special for Devereux kids!
> Holy Trinity Episcopal Church knows how to provide a special holiday
> Helping Children with Autism and Their Families
> Making a Difference
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> View more Devereux Florida articles
> Click here to download a hard copy of our quarterly newsletter
We're Hiring
Employment Opportunities at Devereux FloridaAt Devereux we believe in the potential of the clients we serve. We believe in their abilities and their hidden talents. We also believe in developing our employees because it is through their hidden and special talents that our clients find hope. View all employment opportunities at Devereux Florida.
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