Gift of Love

The family knows first-hand the difference a home like Seamark Ranch can make in the life of a child. Willard Bland’s father passed away during the Depression years leaving Willard’s mother to care for seven children. The family was very poor and providing for all seven children became impossible. At age 13, Willard and his younger brother went to live at a boys’ home in Jacksonville. Willard spent his teenage years at the boys’ home and always remembered it as a good experience and opportunity for him. Willard and Evelyn met in Green Cove Springs and were married for over 50 years. Willard passed away in 1988 and Evelyn in 2009. They left a legacy of 9 children, 34 grandchildren, 70 great-grand children and 32 great-great grandchildren and counting. The Bland family is a testimony to the impact one life can have on generations to come. Our thanks go out to David, Ellie and the entire Bland family for honoring the memory of their parents by embracing the mission of Seamark Ranch to transform the lives of children in need – one child at a time.

How do you honor the memory of special people in your life? Investing in Seamark Ranch and the life of a child is a great way to start. Click here to make a Tribute Gift this Christmas.