Be the Magic Foundation donates a magical Christmas to 16 children at Fresh Start

Special to Gannett
Bit-Wizards donates a magical Christmas.

FORT WALTON BEACH — ‘Twas the week before Christmas when all through the town, Wizards were joyful and shopping around. Several years ago, the team at Bit-Wizards decided that in lieu of client gifts and holiday cards, the company would donate to families in need. 

For 2021, the Wizards determined that this year’s recipients would be the 16 children residing at Fresh Start For Children & Families. Fresh Start’s mission is to share love and compassion through a comprehensive educational, vocational and economic housing program to help homeless families achieve self-sufficiency. Each child at Fresh Start was encouraged to write their “Wish List.”

"The best part of my job is witnessing first-hand the generosity and caring within our community, and Bit-Wizards is a leader in that field as well as IT services," said Donna Tashik, executive director at Fresh Start. "This is the second year they have provided for each and every child in our Fresh Start program, by taking their actual list and making dreams come true for children that have never had that. For one magical Christmas morning, thanks to these wonderful Wizards, these children who have witnessed things a child should never have to, get to be normal, get to be spoiled, get to be a KID. I can never thank the Bit-Wizards team enough for that.” 

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Every item requested (and more) was purchased and wrapped with holiday cheer by the staff at Bit-Wizards. This year’s donation is made possible by Bit-Wizards’ newly formed, Be the Magic Foundation. 

“The Bit-Wizards' Be The Magic Foundation philosophy is not just about writing a check, it is about making a difference," said Caroline McCoy, Be the Magic Foundation board member. "When we received pictures of the children at Fresh Start opening their gifts from Bit-Wizards in 2020, we were overcome with joy knowing that the gifts our Wizards took time to pick out and wrap as a team were things that the children specifically asked for. We felt compelled to do that again this year. I am blessed to be part of a company and foundation that gets more joy out of giving joy to others.”