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Updated: 04/16/2014 11:10:03AM

A tattered tale

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PHOTO BY K.M. THORNTON SR.

After two decades of use and repair, the Frostproof Care Center is hoping to fundraise enough money to replace its tattered canopy.

By JAMES COULTER

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For 23 years, the Frostproof Care Center has been helping those in the Frostproof community who need help the most. Now it is asking the community to return the favor.

The Frostproof Care Center is hoping to raise $16,000 to help replace the awning in the front of its building.

The canopy and its pipe frame has been hanging outside the Center for the past 20 years, providing much needed shade and protection from the heat of the afternoon sun.

Being exposed to the elements for such a long time has caused the awning to undergo constant wear and tear, and with it, numerous repairs.

For the past five to six years, the center has been repairing the old canopy, but has now determined that it would be less costly to replace the entire awning than continue repairing it.

“It had been patched to the point where we decided it would not be patched anymore,” said Ryan Riley, Care Center Board Member and Chair of the Building Committee. “It was not feasible to be spending more money on it.”

While the awning is down and being replaced, the Center is also considering revamping the front of the building by having it cleaned, sealed, and painted.

These additional revisions will require an additional $400 to $500, along with the $16,000 to replace the awning.

The center recently spent more than $22,000 handling a termite infestation through pesticide tenting and applying subterranean protection.

Help in repairing the awning has currently been facilitated by Richard McKinsey and Charles Cook, both of whom provided manpower and equipment in order to tear down the old awning.

Wanting to preserve its operating funds and reserves in order to continue helping others, the center decided to appeal to the community for the funds they need to replace their awning and revamp the front of their building.

A formal fundraiser has not yet been considered, nor is it certain that one will be held, Executive Director Ralph Waters explained.

A fundraiser for its general operating budget was recently held at the city’s Orange Blossom Festival.

The Frostproof Care Center is a faith-based organization, in partnership with United Way, whose mission is to help those who are experiencing financial difficulty within the community and surrounding area.

In the spirit of “Teach A Man To Fish,” its “Financial Fitness Program” aims at helping others by teaching them to help themselves, and it accomplishes this goal by providing them means to meet their basic needs such as rent, utility, clothing, medical needs, and gas, while also teaching them skills such as budgeting and saving.

Aside from the needed funds for the awning repair, the Center is always in need of volunteers and in-kind contributions.

Donations can be mailed to or dropped off at 17 S. Scenic Hwy., Frostproof, FL 33843, or they can be made via PayPal at their website at www.frostproofcarecenter.org. All donations are tax-deductible.


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