PARKLAND, FL- Baskets of Hope held their annual packing event for Super Baskets Tuesday at Parkland Golf and Country. The local event was organized by Parkland resident Kat Robinson and her husband Laurent. Kat began to participate when her husband played football for the St. Louis Rams and has been involved ever since. "It's a great charity that we're happy to be a part of," shared Robinson.
Basket of Hope is a nonprofit that has been helping seriously ill children and their families for 25 years. The group joined forces with the NFL in 1999, and during the Indianapolis Super Bowl started the Super Baskets of Hope event to deliver baskets and totes to children in the Super Bowl host city and to participating hospitals across the nation.
"Kurt Warner started delivering baskets with his wife Brenda. They introduced it to Tony Dungy who did a big Super Bowl event in Indianapolis. That's how we got started with the Super Baskets," explained Baskets of Love founder, Angela Brunette.
Kat Robinson brought the Super Baskets event to Parkland and Coral Springs. Local volunteers, the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers Cheerleaders along with the Coral Springs Police Department joined forces to pack close to 350 Super Baskets. Baskets are designed specifically for babies, children, teens and parents dealing with serious illnesses.
"We put things in for parents that we loved like a Bible and journal letting them know they are cared about and God loves them. Kids get a bunch of little toys and games," said Brunette whose daughter battled a brain tumor at age six.
The baskets were loaded into trucks by the SWAT team and were delivered to Broward General Medical Center in Coral Springs and Fort Lauderdale, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital and Nicklaus Children's Hospital.
“The Police Department loves having these opportunities to reach out and give back to the community. Not only did we get the opportunity to make sick and ill children feel better, but we get to form bonds and connections with our citizens. The reactions of the children and parents was priceless. We would like to thank Basket of Hope for including us in this event," shared George Soberon, Captain of the Coral Springs Police Department.
"Kat and Laurent Robinson have been involved since the beginning event. She helped us deliver baskets to every NFL city that year; 32 cities, 32 teams," shared Brunette. " She's been involved in every single one, everywhere they go. We could not do this without her."