PARKLAND, FL- The Parkland community rallied together to help families in need over Easter weekend. Dozens of volunteers provided supplies and organized Easter baskets, donating around 200 of them to Hope South Florida and God's Little Lambs Preschool and Childcare to bless the children.
"Hope South Florida is grateful to the Parkland citizens and neighbors for taking time out to bring a big smile and joy to our precious homeless children including some who are residing in our emergency housing program," said Ted Greer, Jr., CEO of Hope South Florida.
Hope South Florida has provided emergency shelter, housing assistance, and support services to thousands of homeless families, veterans and individuals since 1995. They serve a homeless population of about 2,800 in Broward County
"The Parkland community blessed both Hope South Florida Homeless Ministry and Gods Little Lambs Daycare with well over 200 Easter baskets. These needy families and children have something to smile about given the impact being felt by COVID-19. Hope and love prevails!" added Hope South Florida Director Pery Canan.
God's Little Lambs is based in Oakland Park and provides preschool and childcare to homeless and very low-income families who are not receiving subsidies from the state. They have been a caring home away from home for more than 100 children each year since 1999.
"They (parents) were amazed at the generosity of the people who made the baskets, and we're very thankful since most of them are now temporarily unemployed," shared Carol Stevens, Director at God's Little Lambs.
The community effort helped bridge the gap for local children in Broward County on a unique Easter Sunday around the world.
"On behalf of the children and their parents, a big thank you is in order to Heather and her team of volunteers for making this day possible. Happy Easter and Passover to all," added Greer.