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Aktion Club presents donations to fire victims

SEBRING - The Aktion Club of Highlands County raised $387 for the Eron Walker family, of Sebring, who was burned out of their apartment in August. Approximately 20 club members washed vehicles at Advanced Auto Parts in Sebring Aug. 31. The auto parts store donated the use of their water and facility. The club also took in several donations of non-perishable food items and clothing for the three small children. "It felt really good to wash all those cars knowing it was going to help a family in real need," said Aktion Club President Ralph Meyers. "I was glad to see the family really happy when we delivered their goodies. It was a great success and we thank everyone who helped."
Green Hat Lawn & Landscaping Service of Avon Park also donated free lawn care to every customer who made a $20 donation at the car wash. Even members of the lawn service came out to help wash cars. The club delivered the cash, food and clothing along with a used sofa bed and dresser on Tuesday, Sept. 3. The family was able to get another apartment in the same complex. "Bless you all," Eron Walker said as the members finished unloading all the items. She added that it has been rough to get back on her feet especially since she also lost her job and vehicle on top of losing her personal belongings in the fire. As a brand new bright yellow outfit was pulled out of the container of clothing, 4-year-old Jaden Chaetam squealed with excitement. "I love it," she said. Jaden and her brothers, 3-year-old Darren Cheatham III, and 2-year-old Earnest Turner II could not wait to sit on their new couch. "It made me feel good to see them so happy. The mom had tears in her eyes when we handed her the money," Aktion Club member Angie Luft said. "They are very nice people. The kids are very nice and well behaved too." "I was glad to be here and give the stuff to the family," Aktion Club member Katie Gibson said. "Our hard work paid off." Aktion Club is a civic group consisting of people with disabilities. It is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Sebring.