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OCPA Makes Meaningful and Significant Donation to Harbor House of Central Florida

In December, the staff of the Orange County Property Appraiser’s Office (OCPA) collected and donated more than 1,000 bed pillows to Harbor House of Central Florida. Every survivor of domestic abuse who turns to Harbor House for shelter, receives a brand-new bed pillow upon arrival for themselves and their family members. One can only imagine the relief they feel when they finally rest their head on a brand-new pillow on their very first night of safety.

The OCPA team – some 140 strong – took on this challenge as their “OCPA Season of Gratitude and Giving” commitment. Harbor House estimates an annual need for 700 pillows and OCPA collected more than 1,000. Members of the OCPA team – led by Property Appraiser Rick Singh – delivered the pillows today.

“Every year, OCPA partners with local charitable organizations and my amazing staff collects and donates food, school supplies, toys … and now pillows!” said Singh. “We are proud to serve this community through our work and even prouder to support groups who address the needs of vulnerable populations. Harbor House supports individuals who are seeking a life free of violence for themselves and their families. We are humbled to play a part in supporting those efforts.”

“Last year, more than 900 Orange County residents needed to stay in our shelter because they were in imminent danger,” stated Michelle Sperzel, Harbor House of Central Florida CEO. “Each time, we’ve needed new pillows and other basic household items to support these survivors who mostly arrive with only the clothes they’re wearing. We’re grateful to Rick Singh and the entire OCPA team for providing us with a year’s worth of pillows. These residents deserve to have a safe and soft place to lay their heads as they begin recovery from the violence they’ve endured.”