First Florida donates Christmas trees for The Arc
The spirit of Christmas was in the air Dec. 5 as the staff of First Florida Bank delivered Christmas trees to the homes of those that The Arc of the Emerald Coast provides personal support services to. Christmas music filled the homes as the trees were decorated jointly by First Florida Bank staff and the home’s residents.
The Arc of the Emerald Coast relies on these donations and those from our community to continue to provide the personal support services required for the men, women and children with autism, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, spina bifida and all other intellectual and developmental disabilities.
One of the support services that The Arc of the Emerald Coast provides is supported living. The program provides the opportunity for those with disabilities to live everyday lives in the home of their choice and inclusive within The Arc community. Many individuals who receive these services strive to lead everyday lives and to live a life we all dream of.
Health issues, fixed income, and other factors make it a bit harder than most non-disabled individuals. Many face having to choose between buying a Christmas tree or buying a gift for a friend or even food. With the care and compassion of First Florida Bank, that choice was eliminated this year.