Commissioner Jordan transforms into Mrs. Claus

12/25/2013, 9 a.m.
Delivers Xmas cheer to head start centers in Miami Gardens

Sporting a Santa cap and signature red colors, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan recently dressed as Ms. Claus to distribute toys to children at two Miami Gardens Head Start centers. More than 140 children at the Ophelia Brown and North County Head Start centers walked away with dolls, remote control cars, games, action figures, or costumes.

“Of all the work that I do on behalf of my constituents throughout the year, delivering these toys is the most rewarding,”


Commissioner Jordan presents dolls and costumes to children at the Ophelia Brown Head Start Center.

Jordan said. “Their smiles and expressions of happiness mean the world to me.”

This year’s wide eyes and bright smiles were made possible in part by Walmart, FPL and Horsepower Electric.

“I rely on the companies in this community to give back to the residents through programs such as this,” she said. “I’ve found that the businesses in District 1 are responsible corporate citizens and support my endeavors that benefit the community.”

In addition to the toy drive, Jordan’s giving spirit assisted four families living in Miami Gardens. The Balbontin, Bellamy, Lawson and Rio families received food baskets, a bike, tickets to Santa’s Enchanted Forest and a gift card for $500. The families said they’ll use the funds to purchase additional food and household goods.