A wonderful surprise: donation meets accessibility needs for a very special couple

Chara handing the van keys to Laura and Daryl

Chara handing the van keys to Laura and Daryl

Daryl Faulkner and his wife, Laura, turned to Goodwill Easterseals for help. Daryl, who works for GES monitoring cameras in our Asset Protection department, needed a new van, and asked our staff for the resources to help him find one. As luck would have it, a generous member of the community contacted us three weeks after the Faulkners’ request and said she was looking to donate an accessible van and power chair used by her late husband. She was very clear that she did not want these items sold, but wanted them to go to someone who needed them.

Daryl inside his new van

Daryl inside his new van

Chara Brown, who works in Mission Services, immediately suggested that the van be given to Daryl. As a member of our team for many years and as a previous Easterseals child, Daryl has found independence through the power of work as well as services needed to help him succeed throughout his life. His new van arrived right on our doorstep, and today, he got to take it home. Daryl’s grin as he backed his chair onto the ramp of the van and into his new ride was absolutely priceless, both for the family and staff who were present.

The Faulkner family and GES staff members

The Faulkner family and GES staff members

We are so grateful to this donor for making Daryl’s life more accessible and giving him the freedom to live his life to the fullest. “We love that Daryl had this opportunity,” said his mom as she watched Chara hand the van key to her son and his wife. “This was truly a blessing.”

THANK YOU to Century 21 Fine Homes & Estates Blue Marlin for your generous support

FINALEasterSealsCentury 21 Fine Homes & Estates Blue Marlin held their Affiliation Celebration on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, and raised a total of $4,000 for Goodwill Easterseals! Having recently affiliated with Century 21 Real Estate LLC, the Century 21 Fine Homes & Estates Blue Marlin team (with two offices in Northwest Florida) celebrated with a tri-ribbon cutting with the Destin Chamber of Commerce, Greater Fort Walton Area Chamber of Commerce, and Walton Area Chamber of Commerce and committed to helping children and adults with disabilities attain greater independence. We appreciate the entire Century 21 group and all guests at the event for your generous contributions and support; your donations will change lives right here on our Gulf Coast and give people access to bright futures and success.

THANK YOU to The Willis Foundation!

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Jason Gregory (L) and Frank Harkins (R)

Last night, Goodwill Easterseals received a generous contribution of $5,000 from The Willis Foundation to provide program materials and supplies for the early education of preschool children with special needs. Board member Jason Gregory (Managing Partner, Willis of Alabama, Inc.) presented a check to Goodwill Easterseals President/CEO, Frank Harkins.

The Willis Foundation continues to provide support to fund our mission of serving people on the Gulf Coast with disabilities and other barriers to success. We are so grateful to Jason, The Willis Foundation, and all those who are helping us build hope, stability, and independence into the individuals and families in our community.