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Key Largo-based Pawsitive Beginnings and founder Nicole Navarro hold a volunteer day with local children on June 6. CONTRIBUTED

Hi friends! Reef the fox here with your weekly “Reef’s Report.” We had quite the day here at Pawsitive Beginnings on June 6. As part of our ongoing partnership with the Florida Keys Children’s Shelter, we hosted a volunteer day with the children. 

Twelve incredible kiddos came and really got down to business helping my mom with cleaning, scrubbing and organizing our fox things. We also arranged to have some really cool guests stop by as a surprise for the kiddos.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputy Nelson Sanchez brought the marine unit truck and talked about what the marine unit does to serve the Florida Keys. The kids all received official MCSO gift bags that were put together by our favorite neighbor and MCSO employee, Clarisa Gonzalez. 

Sara Reed, outreach coordinator for the Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center brought their new ambassador corn snake, Captain Coconut the Conch Fritter, and talked to the kids about him and native wildlife here in the Keys. Officer Jason Rafter with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) stopped by to launch a drone and talk about how FWC uses the technology to assist in their work. 

Seaside Eatery provided an amazing lunch, Healthy D’Lites made custom fox sugar cookies for dessert and the Islamorada Moose Lodge lent us tables and chairs for the day. 

These kids never cease to amaze me with their willingness to give back to us foxes. Despite their circumstances, they realize that they are contributing to the community in a meaningful way and take such pride in the help they provide us. And the unwavering support we get from our Florida Keys community is unmatched. When my mom made the call to the above-listed agencies, all they said was “when and where.”

Learn about corals

On Saturday, June 15, join Plant a Million Corals, Flomotion and Divers Direct as they celebrate coral restoration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Divers Direct in Key Largo. Learn about corals and how important healthy coral reefs are to the Keys community and oceans with hands-on activities with Plant a Million Corals. Shop Flomotion products and get a gift with a purchase over $100 in store during the event. See the debut of the Flomotion Save our Reefs shirt, available at Divers Direct, with a portion of the proceeds to support the Plant a Million Corals Foundation. Live music from Victoria Leigh will go from noon to 2 p.m.

 Anywho, that’s all for this week. Stay up to date with all things fox at pawsitivebeginnings.org and use the links to navigate to our various social media channels.

Until next time, Reef, over and out!

Reef the Fox
Reef was born on a fur farm on or around March 28, 2021. He was able to be rescued when his mother and siblings started to reject him. Reef is missing toes on his front, right paw and the tip of his tail is missing due to injuries sustained in his short time on the fur farm. Reef arrived at Key Largo on May 6, 2021 by Nicole Navarro, of Pawsitive Beginnings Inc.