PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. - Fifteen-year-old Davion Only's plea for a forever family has not gone unheard. After stories of the St. Petersburg teen's need for an adoptive family hit national airwaves, Eckerd Community Alternatives in Largo, one of the agencies involved in Davion's search, received 10,000 phone calls.
It's that momentum that Lorita Shirley, Eckerd's chief of community-based care, hopes to carry into a massive picnic for adoptive families, to be held Saturday at Palm Harbor's John Chestnut Park.
"In our local area, we have, on any given day, roughly 250 kids just like Davion," Shirley said.
Bob and Penny Eggert, a Pinellas Park couple, adopted two boys in 2007.
"Anything we could possibly give these kids, we've gotten back tenfold," Penny Eggert said.
The Eggerts join Eckerd Community Alternatives in hoping that Davion Only's story will inspire more families to consider adoption.
"There's so many kids out there waiting. We've got to do more," Penny Eggert said.
To learn more about adoption opportunities through Eckerd Community Alternatives, visit http://www.eckerd.org .
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