The Hollywood Jaycees and community volunteers, assisted more than 110 pre-selected children from the Children’s Home Society’s Foster Care Program, Hope South Florida’s Program that assists formerly homeless families to transition into independent housing, and other children who reside in low-income households, at the annual Jaycee’s Children’s Back to School Shopping Spree.
The events were held August 5 and 6 at the Kmart in Oakwood Plaza. Kmart opens its doors an hour early for these special events, as they have done for the past 10 years.
Each volunteer was given a $110 gift card to purchase school supplies, clothing or shoes of the child’s choice. Six teachers, who are employed at local Broward County schools that have large concentrations of low-income students also received a gift card for classroom supplies.
Special thanks to Shekar Reddy from the Gummaconda Reddy Foundation, the Presenting Sponsor for the past five years, and the Biederman family, for choosing the Jaycees as the charity of choice for donations made in the name of Marty Biederman, and to Jamie Mardis from Koffee Kult, as well as many other donors. “I can’t think of a better way to honor my grandfather than to help children in need. I had the pleasure of shopping with two children from a local shelter and it couldn’t have been more humbling. I just wish we could help all of the children in need,” said Ciara Biederman.
Community volunteers included City of Hollywood Commissioners Kevin Biederman and Debra Case, Broward County School Board member Ann Murray, Superintendent Robert Runcie, Alpha Omega Lodge #357, The Companions Of Johnny L. King Council #27, Above & Beyond Party Planning, Bubba Gump Employees, Florida JCI Senate, Dania Beach Lions President Jim Silvernale, Hollywood Lions club members, Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and CEC supporters.
For more information about how to be an event sponsor for any of the numerous charitable events held each year or to become a member of the Jaycees, visit www.hollywoodfljaycees.com or contact the executive director, Debra Gronvold, at 954-981-4378 or [email protected].