Foster Kids Ice Skate For Free in Ocala
It's not every day children in Florida get to go ice skating...but just that happened in Ocala Saturday. Despite the warm December weather, it was a very busy morning at Let's Skate Ocala. The rink was closed to the public and the time was dedicated to local foster children and their families. Those children skated for free thanks to an Ocala-based company.
InTec Owner Louie Wise said, "it really means a lot that we can see the kids come out and do this for free because otherwise they wouldn't have that chance."
InTec worked with the company Kids Central to bring foster families to the event. Jennifer Clark with Kids Central said, "it means a lot to the families that their able to bring the kids and not think about anything else but ice skating." More than 80 people skated at the rink Saturday. Clark added, "so for them to come out and have an activity like ice skating, that they might not normally get to do is a really big deal for them."
13 year old Alec is one of Victoria's four foster kids. Ice skating for the first time is never easy but Alec says he got the hang of it pretty quickly. He said, "it was easy, it was easier than roller skating".
Wise said he's already looking forward to doing it again next year, "we've actually talked to the city about having the same opportunity next year because we are really excited about our vision this year has been one mission, one team, one community so we're really excited about being out here."
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