The Wish Farms Family Foundation has set aside funds to donate to our employee’s favorite charities. As part of our ongoing effort to make an impact in our community, we want to learn about the causes that our pixies care about. Each month, The Wish Farms Family Foundation reviews employee nominations and chooses a different organization to donate to. For the month of December, $1,000 was donated to the Harry- Anna Trust Fund.
Harry and Anna Miller had a compassion and love for handicapped children. This led them to offer to the Florida State Elks Association, Inc., a three-story hotel and several orange groves in Umatilla, Florida. The Elks accepted, and the Harry-Anna Home for Crippled Children was born in the early 1930’s. Even though the Florida Elks Children’s Hospital closed in the 1990’s, the Harry-Anna Trust Fund, established in 1951, continues to fund the two main charity projects of Florida Elks: The Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services and the Florida Elks Youth Camp. Children’s Therapy Services provides in-home physical and occupational therapy to Florida children in need. This rehabilitation is necessary to be rendered in the home because of the absence of these services locally or because of the patient being medically infirmed at home. Priority is given to children who do not have ready access to therapy as a result of financial considerations. Covering most of Florida’s 67 counties, the program provides mobile in-home children’s therapy services to more patients than what was ever possible with the hospital.
Nominating Employee: John Guarino
“I support the Florida State Elks Harry Anna Trust Fund because all the money goes to helping children and Veterans in need in the great state of Florida. The Children’s Therapy Service helps 500 children a week whose families otherwise cannot afford physical therapy. Through their Youth Camp, they send over 2500 less fortunate children to our camp for a week every year with the last week of camp dedicated to children of servicemen and women who are away on active duty. Their Scholarship Program provides financial support to seniors that would not be able to achieve their educational goals. And finally, they support the Army of Hope, taking care of military families in need while their loved one is away on active duty.”