South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday)
Thanksgiving essentials delivered to families in need
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.