PARKLAND, FL- Kids Care Club, a local student-led effort to help people in need, is launching a holiday food drive this week called Holiday Help Kids Care Project. The club has organized a number of projects over the past couple of years that involve giving back to the greater Broward area. This past summer, Kids Care Club also organized a food drive to help fill the pandemic-created gap and were able to collect around 700 bags of food that were donated to local organizations helping people in need.
Kids Care Club continues to grow over time, and their efforts are increasing. This year the food drive is being organized by Aidan Moore, Topher Moore, Maggie Goldstein, and Jacob Brooks.
“Our summer food gap project was so successful that we decided it would be a great idea to do a holiday food drive,” shared Brooks, at 10th grader at North Broward Prep. “Due to COVID, there are so many families that are suffering financially and this is such a rewarding thing to do, especially around Thanksgiving.”
The food drive is looking for volunteers to help with the project by donating bags of food supplies. The foods are non-perishable and can be found at any local grocery store or supermarket.
“My position with the Kids Care Club is to recruit volunteers from our neighborhood, sports team, and school,” shared North Broward Prep student Aidan Moore. “I then collect the items that they have gathered and get them to the pantries to be distributed to families in need.”
For students looking to find volunteer hours, each bag donated counts for 2.5 volunteers hours, making the project a win-win for all involved.
“At first I got involved (with Kids Care Club) with service hours as one of the major reasons, but once I experienced picking up and dropping off the food and realizing what an impact this had, I didn’t care about the hours as much anymore,” said Maggie Goldstein, a 9th grader at Stoneman Douglas. “It was something I wanted to do as often as I could.”
The Holiday Help Kids Care project will be collecting food bags from Thursday, October 1, until November 10. Once the bags are collected, they will be donated to Hope South Florida and Blessings Pantry.
“I’m very excited for this project and what will become of it,” said North Broward Prep student Topher Moore. “I’m excited to see what the success of this project and future projects will be.”
For more information or to get involved, please call Kim Goldstein at 954.270.3444, Alyson Brooks at 561.302.4870, or Lauren Moore at 302.381.3113.
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