4 Local High Schools and Organizations Collect Gifts for Homeless Shelter

4 Local High Schools and Organizations Collect Gifts for Homeless Shelter

Valerie Block, Broward County Honor Society President, and Dr.Bessie Cristwell, and Isabelle Preble,Broward Partnership Community Relations Specialist.

By Valerie Block

Four high schools and Coral Springs community members worked together to deliver supplies and gifts to a homeless shelter, helping more than 700 families in Pompano Beach.

Collecting essential items for those in need were student leaders and sponsors of Coral Glades High School National Honor Society, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Black Student Union, Coral Springs Charter School Student Government Association, J.P. Taravella High School Interact, and Key Club.

Essential items and gifts were also donated by the Coral Springs Community Ambassador Program, Bushra Razvi with the Multicultural Advisory Committee, City Commissioner Joy Carter, and Abundant Life Church members.

In December, students placed items they collected under the tree at Broward Partnership ensuring gifts for less fortunate children this holiday season. 

Instrumental in spreading the word about the homeless population in Broward County was Dr. Bessie Cristwell who worked with student leaders to spread awareness on the importance of community service during the holiday season.

‘Each gift received will help men, women, and families with children experiencing homelessness transition out of homelessness and into stable housing,” said Isabella Preble from Broward Partnership, thanking the students for coordinating the Community Drive for the Giving Tree.

“We are truly grateful for the outpouring of generosity from the young people in our community who have chosen to give rather than receive this holiday season,” said Preble.

4 Local High Schools and Organizations Collect Gifts for Homeless Shelter

Dr.Bessie Cristwell and student leaders at Coral Springs Charter School.

4 Local High Schools and Organizations Collect Gifts for Homeless Shelter

J.P Taravella High School: Kathy Fitzgerald, sponsor. Students pictured are Key Club and Interact kids members.

4 Local High Schools and Organizations Collect Gifts for Homeless Shelter

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School: Donfred Gerton, event coordinator, and Noldine Belizaire, president of the Black Student Union.

Valerie Block, 17, is a senior at Coral Glades High School who has lived n Coral Springs for the past nine years. With over 400 community service hours, she has spent an ample amount of her time giving back to her community. A member of the first-ever Coral Springs Police Community Ambassador Program, National Honor Society President, Broward County Honor Society President, and STOP the Bleed Broward Ambassador.

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