PARKLAND, FL- February 14 was a day of remembering and honoring the victims of the attack on Stoneman Douglas by serving and loving another part of the South Florida community in need. Parkland and Coral Springs residents and students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas, North Broward Prep and St. Thomas Academy spent the afternoon and evening prepping and then serving a meal to the homeless. It was the most attended meal in the past several years by serving around 300 people, according to Pery Canan, Director of Shared Meals and Mobile Showers of HOPE South Florida. "We promoted it amongst the homeless community as an opportunity to enjoy being in loving community with families from the Parkland Community as a way of remembering the lives lost due to the tragic event of last year. I think the evening helped the Parkland community to heal by serving others.....giving themselves away," said Canan.
Friends and family of the Hoyers donated 250 Chick-Fil-A sandwiches and chocolate chip cookies to feed the homeless in honor of Luke Hoyer, who was killed in the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas. The gift was both practical and symbolic, as the foods were Luke's personal favorites.
Charlie Khalil, Alexa Teo and the Kids Care Club handed out Boxes of Love to the homeless during the meal. The Boxes of Love were filled with practical and fun items to remind people they are loved and not forgotten. Close to 500 Boxes of Love were made and distributed to homeless veterans and families. Charlie and Alexa personally made 158 Boxes of Love and the rest were put together by the community. "The Boxes of Love made our guests feel special and that their lives truly do matter. Many were moved to tears knowing that youth took the time to do something of this magnitude for them." added Pery Canan.
It was a night to remember honoring Luke Hoyer and the 16 other MSD Eagles that lost their lives. The smiles created and love shared took another step towards healing in the Parkland community.