South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday)

Thanksgivi­ng essentials delivered to families in need

- By Kari Barnett

Itwas a special delivery for families served by the Children’s Diagnostic& Treatment Center. Turkey, mashed potatoes, cornbread mix and everything they needed to create a Thanksgivi­ng feastwas brought to their doorstep by over 200 volunteer drivers.

The 28th annual Thanksgivi­ng Basket Brigade helped 1,300 CDTCfamili­es caring for a child with special healthcare needswho registered in advance for the baskets.

“TheThanksg­iving Basket Brigade is a very special event that is near and dear to so many of our staff and volunteers,” CDTCExecut­ive Director Dr. Ana Calderon Randazzo said in a statement. “We are so grateful to be able to deliver holiday cheer to so many of our families whoare in more need than ever this year.”

Title sponsors of this year’s eventwere Ira and

PennyVerno­n. Other sponsorswe­re Associates­MD, ClearHealt­h Alliance, SimplyHeal­thcare, and the MartinYoun­gstromFoun­dation.

“With so many families in our community in need at this time, we couldn’t imagine the possibilit­y the event might not happen,” Ira, whois a member of theCDTCBoa­rd of Directors, said in a statement. “When the staff announced plans to adjust the volunteer event to meet social distancing guidelines, we were proud to lend our support so the center’s clients could receive a special holiday meal.”

The not-for-profit Children’s Diagnostic&

Treatment Center, a facility of BrowardHea­lth, has a mission to provide comprehens­ive prevention, interventi­on and treatment services for children with special healthcare needs. It serves nearly 11,000 clients every year, according to the organizati­on.

Visit ChildrensD­iagnostic.org

 ?? CDTC/ COURTESY ?? Manager Bisiola Fortune-Evans, left, and Dr. AndrewK. Ta, Broward Health’s chiefmedic­alofficer, packbasket­s to be delivered to families served by the Children’s Diagnostic& Treatment Center.
CDTC/ COURTESY Manager Bisiola Fortune-Evans, left, and Dr. AndrewK. Ta, Broward Health’s chiefmedic­alofficer, packbasket­s to be delivered to families served by the Children’s Diagnostic& Treatment Center.

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