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Depoe Bay moves toward being a benefactor for Neighbors for Kids

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London McCabe, 6 Thrown off the Yaquina Bay Bridge Monday evening.

London McCabe, 6
Thrown off the Yaquina Bay Bridge Monday evening.

The Depoe Bay City Council Tuesday took steps to become a regular contributor to the Neighbors For Kids program, a non-profit organization housed in their own building just south of City Hall.

Just elected to the Depoe Bay City Council and Executive Director for Neighbors for Kids Steve Sparks told the council, that the death of six year old London McCabe, from his mother throwing him off the Yaquina Bay Bridge, shows how out of touch society can be with families in trouble. Sparks suggested the council buy an NFK brick of honor to place on NFK’s Wall of Honor at their facility just south of city hall.

The council did just that, dedicating up to $250 toward the brick, an appropriate inscription and placement on the wall. The council a little later in the meeting also decided to become a benefactor to the Neighbors For Kids program by putting an annual line item amount in the city budget for Neighbors For Kids.

Sparks said although the NFK program gets to know children who partake of their after school enrichment programs, they often don’t really know much about the family situation the kids return to every evening. Sparks said it a common challenge for agencies and groups who run such children outreach programs.

The council asked City Clerk Recorder Pury Murray to report back to the city council at their next regular meeting to see what might be possible as an annual contribution to the Neighbors For Kids program.

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