New Central Florida Operation Santa Cause Family Announced!

December 7, 2012

Carrie Hoeppner
Central Region Communications Director

Central FL - Central Florida's Department of Children and Families would like to introduce the newest Operation Santa Cause family. The Florida Department of Children and Families officially kicked off Operation "Santa Cause" this week in an effort to help make a significant impact in the lives of a handful of most inspiring as well as deserving families. Operation "Santa Cause" highlights families and persons from across the state facing hardships related to domestic violence, homelessness, illness and or financial setbacks beyond their control.

As a compliment to the statewide campaign, local Department officials have expanded the initiative to profile select Central Florida families or persons along with their stories during the weeks of December hoping to make some extreme wishes come true. "Social service organizations make such a tremendous impact on children and their families year round, but there are those occasions, when the need is so great, that we have to turn to other organizations or rely on the kindness of strangers. We cannot do it alone and hope that this initiative creates opportunities for those wanting to give back this time of year in a big way," says local DCF Region Managing Director Bill D'Aiuto.

Visit for more info on Operation Santa Cause.

  • G.C. is a single mother of four children between the ages of 2 years and 14 years. She has no car and travels with all of her children by walking and public transportation. G.C. currently works in a plant nursery. She is a humble, hard working mother, who is grateful for the opportunity to work and provide a safe home for herself and her children. These hardships have not prevented her from ensuring that her children attend school regularly.

    Assistance: The family is in need of the most basic necessities to include; a larger apartment, reliable transportation; or child care for the youngest children.

We still need help for a previously featured senior from Marion County. This sweet lady is more than happy to talk openly with friends in the media.

  • damaged roofMs. Linda is a disabled adult in Marion County in desperate need of a new roof as well as help removing and cleaning mold from her residence. She is unable to afford the cost. Her roof leaks severely when it rains which has led to severe mold growth and has become detrimental to her health. Even though alternative housing has been offered, this senior does not want to leave her home, yet does not have the means to cover the costs of such repair. Although concerned, social service organizations cannot force her from her home and are now asking for the community’s help. Even with partner organizations wanting to step in, it has been determined that the conditions of the home must first be improved for the safety of the resident as well as social workers. Her case manager continues to follow-up on potential leads in the community for assistance, but has been unable to identify an entity willing to assist with a new roof.

    Assistance: Mold removal and cleanup, new roof.