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    Gabriel House of Care

    Gabriel House of Care provides low cost housing for any patient and caregiver receiving treatment for cancer or transplant here in Jacksonville. The beautiful large kitchen promotes friendships and support as residents prepare their meals. Many organizations, such as the DWA, help by providing and serving meals to the residents. The best part is joining them to talk about their journey. It is a fun and rewarding experience for all. We would encourage anyone to join us the next time we plan a meal. Invitations are sent out to the DWA members letting them know when the next meal preparation is being planned. Come join us you will love the experience!

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    At the Ronald McDonald House

    The DWA once again helped the Easter Bunny put smiles on the faces of the boys and girls staying at Ronald McDonald House over the holiday. Sixty children were delighted to find bags filled with all kind of goodies Easter morning and their parents were thankful for the distraction from their children’s ongoing doctor visits and medical treatments.  Thank you to everyone who generously donated items for the bags as well as for those who took the time out of their busy schedule to help fill and deliver the bags!  Deercreek is a wonderful place to call home!

  • DWA Donations Expected to Exceed $19,000

    The DWA would like to thank our wonderful community for all of the support received over the past 19 years! You have believed in the DWA to become active members, to support and attend fund raisers, and to graciously donate your time and contribute to the various charity drives.

    Because of your generosity, we are now able to make contributions to the following outstanding local charity organizations and projects: New Heights, Books-A-Go-Go, The Bag Ladies, Jacksonville Humane Society, Mandarin Food Bank, Ronald McDonald House, PACE Center for Girls Mrs. Mary’s Boutique, RITA Foundation, Gabriel House of Care, Sulzbacher Village for Women, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society “Light the Night” and Little Hats-Big Hearts. The DWA Board also established an Emergency Fund to provide financial aid when needed.

    Shamrock Scramble: another huge hit!  Thanks to all the players and sponsors for making this event another day to remember. Monies raised from this event will go the charities that we support.

    Porch Party at the Clubhouse: another fun social event for all the members on March 8.

    Our 2018 Board Members are:

    • Debbie Grosnick, President
    • Carney Kirtley, Vice President
    • Jill Cole, Secretary
    • Julia Watkins, Treasurer
  • DWA March Events

    Sweet 19 Birthday Porch Party - Thursday, March 8 

    All Deercreek ladies are invited to join the party as we celebrate the founding of the DWA in March of 1999. Admission is FREE! Happy Hour Pricing, snacks and birthday cake will be served on the back porch of the country club. The attire is casual and the merrymaking begins at 6:30 P.M. This will be the perfect time to renew friendships and your DWA membership for $25 (don’t forget to bring your checkbook).

    Shamrock Scramble - Sunday, March 18 

    If you feel lucky wearing green on the green, then this event is for you! Get your lads and lassies together for tons of fun at this charity golf tournament fundraiser. We also need hole sponsors and donation prizes. The DWA offers several levels of sponsorship, either business or personal. The registration form and the sponsorship form are included in this issue of DCC Living Newsletter. You may also pick up a copy at the DCC Golf Shop.

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DWA Spotlight on Charity

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    Spotlight on Charity: Jacksonville Humane Society

    I have been volunteering with the Jacksonville Humane Society since 2008 and it is a charity that is near and dear to my heart and where my family adopted 2 special members of our family, Simba and Dexter. You may not realize it, but Jacksonville is proud to be a “no kill” city, thanks to the work of the Jacksonville Humane Society, along with our friends at Jacksonville Animal Care & Control, and First Coast No More Homeless Pets. That means that unless an animal is a danger to society or too sick to live a meaningful life, it will not be euthanized if it is in JHS’ care.

    Founded in 1885, the Jacksonville Humane Society is Jacksonville’s second oldest non-profit. We are funded by philanthropic contributions. In April 2007, the shelter was destroyed and 86 animals succumbed to a devastating fire. I am happy to report that we had our Grand Opening of the new “JHS Adoption, Education and Community Resource Center” this past November. If you haven’t been there yet, it is worth the trip to see this beautiful new facility and all the good they do for the homeless animals of Jacksonville.

    Some interesting statistics from last year include:

    • 5,778 animals cared for at JHS including more than 4,000 many of which were stray animals or those transferred in from the city shelter.
    • 3,063 families in danger of surrendering their pets were provided resources such as free pet food, free temporary boarding, and free or low cost veterinary care so they could keep their beloved best friends.
    • 2,440 underage kittens saved thanks to dedicated foster parents.
    • 1,000 Positive Readers helped provide enrichment for the animals.
    • 6,096 free or low cost spay and neuter surgeries performed at the JHS Animal Hospital.
    • 25,171 hours donated by amazing volunteers.

    If you are looking for a new best “furry” friend, JHS is located at 8464 Beach Blvd. and hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 12-7pm; Saturday and Sunday 10-5pm. All animals adopted at JHS leave spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and heartworm tested, which is all covered by the adoption fee. Adoption fees vary, but many dogs’ adoption fees are sponsored. Further information can be found at www.jaxhumane.org.

    The Deercreek Womens’ Alliance held a supply drive to benefit JHS this past September and we donated over 400 pounds of dog and cat food and treats to JHS. JHS is always in need of used towels and always accepts donations of wet and dry dog and cat food, cleaning supplies, pet treats and, of course, monetary donations. Any donations can be dropped off at the shelter, or you can drop them off at my house, 8233 Persimmon Hill Lane, or call me (904-519-6948) and I will be happy to pick them up from you. The puppies and kitties and I thank you for your generosity!!

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