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Wish Upon a Car: Local businesses treat kids to day of fun

Savannah Vasquez
svasquez@thedestinlog.com
About 90 kids from Children In Crisis and Boys & Girls Club of America got to ride in style for a day of pampering in Destin.

It’s not everyday that you see a limo in Destin, especially not a slew of limos filled with children. This weekend about 90 children from Children In Crisis and the Boys & Girls Club of America were treated to a day of fun sponsored by 654 Limo of Destin.

“I heard about the program a month ago and said, ‘We need to resurrect this,’ said Nathan Wilson, director of business development for the company. Wilson explained that the charity program was started by the owner of 654 Limo and had been shelved for the past two years. “’I started reaching out to local businesses and they were familiar with it from years past so we were excited to do this again,” Wilson said.

The day began at 8 a.m. with a limo ride to Baytowne Wharf where the kids were met with a hot breakfast from Another Broken Egg Café then some ice skating and climbing fun at the adventure zone. The children also munched on cookies and hot chocolate provided by Poppy’s Seafood Factory.

The second stop was lunch at Fudpucker’s where the children watched the famous alligator show and spent some time gaming at Fat Daddy’s Arcade.

From there, the children hopped back into the limos and headed to the Destin Commons where they were given gift cards donated by the shopping mall and got to choose their own gifts.

After all the action it was time to slow down and take in a film as the group caravanned to Carmike Boulevard 10 Cinema and enjoyed a private screening of Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip while snacking on popcorn and soda donated by the theater.

For dinner the group traveled to P.F. Changs and partook in food donated by Travinia Italian Kitchen. Then it was time for the final stop.

Dessert was served at the Pino Gelato Café at the Silver Sands Outlet Mall, and as a departing gift the outlet mall gave each child a goodie bag to take home filled with small gifts from the various shops. Wal-Mart also sent each child home with a gift-card to use whenever they choose.

“It was a lot of fun and the kids had a great time,” said Wilson.