Visitors played beach volleyball on the Taunton Family Children’s Home property during the festival. [ Tom Wynn | Contributed ]
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Taunton Family Children’s Home welcome community for annual festival

There were about 150 people enjoying the Taunton Family Children’s Home’s facilities on June 3.

The property, which has housed about 400 children at one time or another, consists of several homes spread out across the Tauntons’ acres of land. A playground sits in the center of the property, an indoor gymnasium stands adjacent to the houses and down a small hill, sits a bright blue pond with a waterslide.

“I’m just glad to be able to open up our facilities to the community,” Abigail Taunton, who runs the children’s home said. “We don’t always have the ability to let people come enjoy everything we have to offer here, so it’s nice to have them come out for this event every year.”



When the Tauntons started the children’s home 45 years ago, they floated cypress trees down the river, which they used to build a single house where everyone lived together. Now, Taunton said, things are a little less cramped.

Children come to the home through word-of-mouth a lot of the time. From there, Taunton will decide how best to support them.

For more information about the Taunton Family Children’s home, to volunteer, or to seek help for yourself or someone you know, visit the organization’s website at https://www.tauntonhome.net/home.



Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper NonDoc.com during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

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