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S.H.E.A.R. helps spread holiday cheer to all

Gigi Tinsley | 12/5/2013, 9 a.m.

This is the time of the year that people smile more, are more courteous towards each other and are more giving towards the less fortunate. I’ve always wondered what people think happens to the needy around this time of the year? Well, at least the last two months [Thanksgiving and Christmas], some of the needy families and children have something to look forward to.

Minister Anthony Durden, president of S.H.E.A.R. [Sharing, Hope, Empowerment and reaction reached out to];Toys for Tots, Neighbors 4 Neighbors, Chauvet Lighting and other local volunteers who accepted the challenge and “are working tirelessly to bring as much joy into the lives of as many of these needy families and children’s lives as possibly,” Durden said.

They will be hosting their first collaborative event, which hopefully will become a continued annual event, on Sat. Dec. 21 at the Koinonia Worship Center & Village, 4900 West Hallandale Beach Blvd. in the Carver Ranches section of West Park.

They are still in need of businesses, organizations, individuals, and churches to partner with to make this a fun-filled day for children ad families in the local South Florida communities who are in need during this holiday season.

According to Durden, the group has adopted from Opa-locka, Miami Gardens, Hialeah, North Miami and Cutler Bay, three Black families with 10 children, four Hispanic families with 12 children, one Haitian family with three children and four children without any immediate family members, for a total of 29 children.

In addition to picking up toys and being prayed for, individuals attending will have lots of fun in the bounce house, eating snow cones, cotton candy, hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, drinking sodas and engaging in other activities and treats.

For additional information, including directions please call Minister Durden at 786-718-0316.