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By Kate Santich, Sentinel Staff Writer, May 31, 2009

“The girl was 7 years old. Her father, raising her by himself, was just 23. Her great offense, detectives would later learn, was losing the cell phone her dad had given her. Terrified of what might happen, she lied and said it was stolen. She had reason to be wary. When the Florida man learned the truth, he beat his daughter so badly he broke her spine, bruised her spleen and made her face “unrecognizable” to her own grandmother. Then he called relatives in Washington state, persuaded them to fly out and take the girl, and he put her on a plane in a veiled costume.”

Thankfully, not all child abuse and neglect cases are as severe as this one, but in many ways the physical, psychological and emotional trauma abused and neglected children experience is the same.

By choosing to donate to the Family Enrichment Center, you are taking an active role in protecting vulnerable children and families.

Our success is this community’s success. Through your generosity, we can help more families experience the normalcy that so many of us take for granted. Your gift will help pay for computers, educational materials, counseling and other enhancements to help the families we serve thrive.

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You can also call us at (813) 237-2530 to make a contribution or send it via mail to:
The Family Enrichment Center
Attn: Contributions
1002 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33603