Much Needed Aid Arrived to Serve Storm Victims in the Keys and North Lauderdale Families Sustaining Them for the Holidays and Beyond

Top Quote Feed the Children, NASCAR, Teleperformance and Joshua’s Heart Foundation activated for the holidays. Time’s passed but there’s still a need in Big Pine Key. Post disaster, the greatest need comes long after the first responders and first and second wave of supplies have come and gone. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) January 05, 2018 - Although hurricane season ended on November 30th, there is still much devastation in some areas of the keys. Big Pine Key was ground zero for that monster storm, Hurricane Irma. The devastation left behind in the aftermath of the storm is still very visible as you travel along the Overseas Hwy driving from key to key. With the holidays upon us, the food insecurity partners, Feed the Children (FTC), Joshua’s Heart Foundation (JHF), NASCAR and Teleperformance took to the streets to make a difference.

    Understanding how crucial it was to identify the areas with the greatest need, Joshua’s Heart worked with the Key West Fire department and Start Off Smart (SOS) of Homestead, to coordinate the local distribution. Knowing the devastation still facing the neighbors to the north of their island, Key West Firefighters worked with the Big Pine Key Fire Department and provisioned the supplies that were delivered to the families with the greatest need. Volunteers traveled from Homestead’s Start off Smart (SOS) organization to help set up and hand out groceries to the families that came to the distribution. The organizations were blessed to have first time volunteers from the local community participate in this worthwhile cause.

    In total 325 families received relief; 225 in Key West and 100 in Big Pine Key. They received, cereal, juice, water, lanterns, toys for the holidays, canned goods, peanut butter, crackers, cookies, baby food, diapers, bathroom tissue, paper towels and a lot more.

    It was hard to imagine what the eye would see while driving the Overseas Highway, but normalcy is still quite a reach for many living in the Keys, particularly Big Pine Key. The roads are still packed with debris and many homes are just a mere fraction of what they used to be. “Now is not the time to forget our neighbors to the south, much assistance is still needed,” said Joshua Williams. With partners like NASCAR and Teleperformance, and the volunteers that come out to serve, Feed the Children and Joshua’s Heart, will continue serving families in need during these still very difficult times.

    On another day, several miles up the road, Joshua’s Heart joined Feed The Children and their long-time partner, Teleperformance to serve 200 families out of their office complex in North Lauderdale. Families were welcomed with a fair like atmosphere. Toys, groceries, personal items and household goods were the order of the day. Families were humbled and appreciated the good will received, and just before the holidays, the timing was impeccable. Families were delighted to see the outpouring of love towards their community. Residents were exceedingly grateful when they saw North Lauderdale Mayor, Jack Brady and commissioners Jerry Graziose and Lorenzo Wood present to assist on this day of service to their town.

    “We were honored to serve those affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria. It was a time of grave need in our communities, and apparently still is, not so far from home. It’s always a great day to wake up and serve,” said Williams.

    #EndHunger #Volunteer #YouthInAction #YoungPeopleLead #NASCAR #FeedTheChildren #JoshuasHeartFoundation #Teleperformance

    Joshua’s Heart Foundation (JHF) was founded in 2005 in Miami, Florida by Joshua when he was four and a half years old and is dedicated to the fight against global hunger and poverty. JHF is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit youth run organization, which empowers needy people to improve their quality of life by providing necessities like groceries and personal items. We also effectively engage and educate young people in committing to fight hunger and poverty on a global basis. For more information about Joshua’s Heart Foundation, our local events or how to get involved, please contact us at 305.788.8295. You can also send us an email at info ( @ ) joshuasheart dot org and visit our website at www dot joshuasheart dot org

    Feed the Children, established in 1979, exists to end child hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education, essentials and disaster relief. Domestically, it operates 5 distribution centers (located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania).

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