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For Immediate Release:
December 21, 2011

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Trenae Floyd


Toy Drive Fills Void for Head Start Children and Helps Needy Families

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 

Roslyn Wilson showed up at Commissioner Barbara Jordan's office to receive a bicycle for her daughter. She was thoroughly surprised when she received toys, a food basket and gift cards totaling $500.

(Photo by Ryan Holloway/Miami-Dade County)

Sporting a Santa hat and red jacket, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan played the role of Saint Nick when she delivered hundreds of toys to children at two Head Start Centers in Miami Gardens. Recently, Commissioner Jordan brought smiles to the faces of 2-5 year olds at the Ophelia Brown and Miami Gardens Head Start Centers in District 1.

"We sometimes take for granted the number of children who don't have a Christmas tree, let alone any toys to go underneath that tree," said Commissioner Jordan. "In this economy, families are struggling to put food on the table. That is their primary responsibility. Toys are now secondary."

Commissioner Jordan handed out new dolls, cars, educational, and developmental toys.

Commissioner Jordan also played Santa when she donated 24 bicycles - 12 for girls and 12 for boys - to deserving children that were pre-selected. These students attend Carol City, Joella Good, Skyway, Madie Ives, Mount Hermon, Miami Gardens, Norwood, and other elementary schools in District 1. Three families were also selected to receive food baskets, toys and donated gift cards worth $500 each.

"This means everything to me and my family," said Roslyn Wilson, whose family received the gifts. "The love that Commissioner Jordan shows is from the heart, and it is genuine."

"The holidays are an important time of year for children," said Commissioner Jordan. "When they constantly see images on television of kids playing with toys, games and digital devices, they want that same experience. I will work within my means to help make that happen."

Ashlei Benitez, 3, receives a toy from Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan. Commissioner Jordan delivered the toys during her annual toy drive at the Ophelia Brown Lawson Head Start Center in District 1.

(Photo by Armando Rodriguez/Miami-Dade County)

Nijuil Roberts, 11, was surprised by the $500 donation presented to his family by Commissioner Barbara Jordan. Roberts, who is in the 6th Grade at Florida International Academy, was joined by his family. Pictured from left to right:  Major, 3; April, 16; Antonette, 19; his mother Sophia, 35; Nijuil, 11; Katura, 16; and Exavier, 14.

(Photo by Ryan Holloway/Miami-Dade County)


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