Donate Your Dime at Whole Foods for ECCAC

Special to The Log

In recognition of April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Whole Foods Market in Destin Commons has teamed up with the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) with the grocer store’s Donate Your Dime program.

Whole Foods Market gives 10 cents per bag to customers who re-use their own shopping bags for their purchased groceries. Upon checkout, customers can choose to donate the cash back to the store’s chosen non-profit organization, which will be ECCAC from April 9 through July 2. Make sure each time you shop at Whole Foods Market to take your own shopping bags and donate your dime.

“We are doing the Donate Your Dime program with Whole Foods Market to create awareness for National Child Abuse Prevention Month, as well as to help the children we serve locally,” said ECCAC director of development Kim Henderson. “There are approximately 1,100 cases of child sexual and physical abuse reported annually in Okaloosa and Walton counties, an average of three a day. Despite those big numbers, nearly 2/3 of the actual needs to help child victims go unmet due to lack of reporting to authorities. It is estimated that for every one child ECCAC helps, there are two children out there who are not helped.”

Customers can also show their support by participating in Strand Against Abuse. Blue is the national campaign’s color.

During the month of April at As You Like It Salon, 323 Page Bacon Road in Mary Esther, ladies (and gentlemen) can get a blue hair extension to create awareness for only a $25 donation, or $35 for two blue hair extensions. As You Like It Salon will donate their time and the products for the extensions, so all money donated will benefit ECCAC. Make your appointment now by calling As You Like It Salon at 850-664-2954. It only takes a few minutes for the extension, so one will be in and out the door quickly while creating awareness for kids in our community.

Protecting and helping children is the 24/7 job of the multi-disciplinary team of staff and volunteers at ECCAC, which is a part of the National Children’s Advocacy Center non-profit organization.

For more information on this campaign, or how you can support ECCAC’s mission, contact Kim Henderson at 850-833-9237, ext. 283, or kim@eccac.org.