WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER AND TOGETHER WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS! HERE ARE A FEW BUSINESSES AND SCHOOLS THAT HAVE HELPED OUR COMMUNITY DURING THIS CRITICAL TIME BY GIVING BACK.
GET IN AND GIVE BACK
The South Florida Ford Dealers Association announced the launch of its “Get In and Give Back” social media hashtag campaign to support Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation, a nonprofit organization within the Memorial Healthcare System. FORD is asking anyone who drives a FORD, to get in their vehicle, take a photo or selfie and share it on their Facebook or Instagram pages using the hashtag #FORDGetIn. Ford will donate $5 for every picture posted by an individually verified social media account with the hashtag #FORDGetIn to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation. “We are hoping to use this time to bring the community together,” said David Menten, Chairman of South Florida FORD Dealers Association and President of Sawgrass Ford. “We know most of our customers have been staying at home and would love the opportunity enjoy their Ford vehicle like they used to. This is a way to “Get In and Give Back.”
Zelivia + Co was born out of the desire to help others. Parisian designer Elise Granjot, now living in Miami Beach, created her fashion line with the best intentions. Granjot wanted to create clothing in flattering styles using soft, natural fabrics that stretch, allowing women to feel beautiful and comfortable by creating basics that can be worn day to night with style and flair. Granjot has always had a desire to support her local community— the fashion styles are already made in the USA with sustainably sourced fabrics— and now with the growth of the COVID-19 crisis, she quickly pivoted and started making masks to help out. She did not hesitate to use her natural fabrics in solids and signature zig-zag print to start cutting and sewing masks. After putting them on the Zelivia + CO website and on Etsy, the number of requests for masks became so numerous, that she enlisted the help of local seamstresses who were out of work due to COVID-19. Being able to employ others was a blessing. Overflowing with kindness and gratitude, she has given masks to the homeless population in Miami. Because she believes that #StrongerTogether can make a difference, Granjot is offering 20% off of the entire Zelivia + Co Collection and is also donating to food banks.
Luxury senior living facility, The Palace at Weston, had their team deliver 50 delectable, hand-crafted box lunches prepared by chefs from The Palace Senior Living Communities to first responders at the Broward County Sheriff ’s Office and Fire Department in Weston. “We wanted to show our appreciation for the work these men and women do every day,” said Elizabeth Martinez, Director of Marketing for the Community. “They are on the front lines fighting the coronavirus pandemic. We’re very grateful for them and their service.” The delicious menu choices included a Middle Eastern feast of grilled chicken, beef shish kabab, Israeli chopped salad, homemade hummus, and a very special basmati rice and grilled vegetable dish called Maqluba. The Palace Group strives to be a good neighbor in cities where their communities are located and lends support when needed. While their teams are accustomed to caring for residents, they welcome these opportunities to give back and help others. The team also delivered similar lunches to the Homestead Police Department and Kendall Fire Rescue.
1 MILLION MEALS
Broward County Public Schools Food & Nutrition Services (BCPSFNS) have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the district remains committed to serving the community by offering grab-and-go meals for breakfast and lunch to children and their families. In an effort to reduce trips and safely maintain social distancing, meal distribution is available twice a week at select school locations where families can pick up multiple meals at once. The district is proud to announce that to date, it has served over 1 million meals to the community! This milestone showcases the dedication, sacrifice, and hard work of the BCPSFNS staff who work tirelessly to provide this needed service during this critical time. There are 25 elementary school, 11 middle school, and 15 high school distribution sites across Broward County. Meal distribution takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. where children and their families can pick up multiple meals each. Children that are not present may still receive meals with valid identification. Meals are handed out in the bus or car loop as they either drive up or walk up to reduce risk of exposure.