Team effort brings toys to children in Little Haiti and orphans in Haiti

Little Haiti Optimist Club, Chef Creole and Commissioner Monestime play Santa Claus

Miami Times staff report | 1/1/2014, 9 a.m.

Children and families in the Little Haiti community received added holiday cheer thanks to the Fourth Annual Little Haiti Optimist Club [LHOC] and Chef Creole Holiday Celebration and Toy Giveaway. The event, held on December 14th, was organized by the LHOC and supported by community

groups and elected officials including Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime.

The highlight of the day was the distribution of toys which was made possible because of the generous donations from sponsors including Commissioner Monestime, WEDR 99.1 Jamz and others.

This was the fourth year that toys collected were distributed to kids living in South Florida’s Little Haiti community as well as to orphans and children living in Haiti. Locally, families were entertained by DJs and area musicians while children enjoyed the bounce house, petting zoo, clown, face painting and taking pictures with Santa. They were also treated to cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones, hotdogs, chips and juices.

City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon and LHOC volunteers, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, handed out toys to the children.

“There are many needy children in our community,” said Chef Creole, who is also a Board Member of the Little Haiti Optimist Club. “The toy giveaway is needed to ensure that the children in the area as well as in Haiti are able to experience the simple joy of opening a gift and reminded that, even if for one day, they are not forgotten. With the kind and selfless contribution of our partners, we are creating memories of joy this Christmas.”