Sunset Shoes helps the kids at ECCAC

Special to The Sun
ECCAC receives a $500 donation from Sunset Shoes' anniversary event. Pictured are (from left) ECCAC’s Kim Henderson with Sunset Shoes owner Eddy Hardy and employee Danny Kleiner. [SPECIAL TO THE SUN]

Providing services and emotional support to child victims experiencing abuse, abandonment or neglect is the 24/7 job of the multi-disciplinary team of staff and volunteers at the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) with locations in Walton and Okaloosa counties. In ECCAC’s 17-year history, roughly 11,000 children have received more than 43,000 services at no cost, including mental health therapy, crisis intervention, referrals to other community providers, interviews and medicals. They raise 60 percent of their annual budget for the two centers through special events, donations and community-sponsored fundraisers. The remainder of monies are generated through grant requests and governmental funding.