Those who live in Jacksonville NC homes make up a close-knit community that relies on its citizens to give back in any way that they can. A local charity called The Cage 4 Kids is an non-profit aimed at helping local families deal with the mental issues and monetary problems that accompany a family when a child becomes sick and needs lengthy and expensive hospital stays.
The Cage 4 Kids is trying to make the lives for sick children and their families easier by helping with costs and also sponsoring events where the kids can break down some of their stress with marital arts classes. The organization was started by Chico Santiago after his young child died from terminal illness. The cost was of his son’s medical bills was just another slap in the face for loosing his young son and he decided to start an organization that could help other families like his.
Santiago is active in local government and is on many committees for commerce and disabled rights. His goal is to bring other charities in the community together to provide the best help that they can for everyone. The Cage for Kids has many events planed for the upcoming year with all proceeds benefiting the charity. They are always looking for volunteers and appreciate the help; contact the Combat Club Martial Arts and Fitness, located at 925 N. Marine Boulevard or call 910-378-2003. The community will always be brighter with people like Santiago working to make the lives of others happier.