Community to house 40 children in need
By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- Armed with a PA system, Santa Claus and an abundance of donated toys, Kim Frodge and her crew of charity organizers drove through under-privileged neighborhoods on Christmas Eve, with the intent of spreading holiday cheer for those in need.
Over the announcement system, Mrs. Frodge, creator and head of local charity organization Nana's House, wished everyone in the neighborhood a "Merry Christmas" and announced that donated gifts from members of the community were available to parents who need them for their children.
"We really appreciate the support we receive from the community," Mrs. Frodge said. "With their support, they have really come together to give our kids a great Christmas."
Through her organization, Mrs. Frodge has created a nonprofit Christian group home for neglected, abused, needy or abandoned children as young as infants to the age of 18.
To raise funding for the organization that she said was inspired by her dreams, Mrs. Frodge opened a Thrift Cottage, where donated items are sold.
The organization, which has thrived since its inception, survives entirely on community donations and receives no government funding.
And at the growing rate of children in the community who need help, Mrs. Frodge said the space the organization currently has for housing is not enough.
Now, to continue her dream of helping every at-risk youth in the area find a safe and loving home, the organization plans to open a second home in February, as well as a new thrift shop.
All of this, Mrs. Frodge said, is in preparation of a gated community on several acres of land that the organization plans to build, which will house about 40 children.
"We are currently working on the land deal right now," she said. "If the land deal comes through, it will be amazing. I am in awe. We hope to build seven houses on the land. It will likely take close to a year to complete."
To help achieve this goal, the organization will host a fundraiser on April 11 presented by Lawson Lodge Ministry. Mrs. Frodge said she is looking for 35-40 table hosts to commit to inviting and filling a table of 10, making attendance of the event somewhere between 350-400 people.
Despite all of the care the organization has been giving to those in need, it was the delivering of presents on Christmas Eve that made Mrs. Frodge aware of another problem.
"I noticed some of the clothing the children were wearing, and it really got me thinking," she said. "Parents don't have enough money to buy the children the clothes they need, so I am going to start sharing some of the clothing the thrift stores get to these areas."
For more information about Nana's House, or to help to the organization reach its goal of a gated community, contact Kim Frodge at (321) 724-5111.