Christmas Event Helps Farmworker Families And Others In Need

A scene from the Farmworker Coordinating Council of Palm Beach County’s recent Christmas celebration.

The Farmworker Coordinating Council of Palm Beach County recently hosted a Christmas event for farmworkers’ families and other people in need in Palm Beach County.

The event was conducted from the organization’s two offices, located in Belle Glade and Lake Worth. During the event, children received free toys that were donated by the Town of Palm Beach United Way, the First Presbyterian Church of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach Kennel Club, the Weiss School, GC Community Development, WWHB Azteca 48, Pine Tree Golf Club, Ms. Debbie Katz, Mr. & Mrs. David Stevens and Ms. Dianne Lerner.

“We are so grateful for the donations and the support received,” Executive Director Denise Negron said. “Thanks to these donations and the contribution of donors, we were able to provide free and new toys to the families we served. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many lost their jobs or have reduced work hours, which make it very difficult for them to provide for their families. Without their support, we are not able to do what we do.”

The staff, clients and their families gathered to celebrate the holidays. The event included activities for children, food provided by Publix and cookies provided by Annie’s Cookies from the Boynton Beach Mall. The special guests were Santa and the Grinch. Thanks to the donation of a snow machine from Bishop Douglas Murray, there was snow at the event.

“The children really enjoyed their toys and the snow,” Director of Programs Dianelys Sanchez said. “They were very happy to meet Santa and the Grinch. Thank you to everyone who donated and made this event a memorable one.”

The Farmworker Coordinating Council of Palm Beach County is a nonprofit organization that has provided social services to farmworkers and other people in need in Palm Beach County for more than 43 years. The services are provided from offices located in Belle Glade and Lake Worth. Services include case management, emergency rental/utility assistance, distribution of food, toiletries, diapers, clothing and household items, education, referrals, support groups, scholarships, microloans, financial literacy workshops, transportation and more. Its mission is to promote self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of migrant/seasonal farmworkers and other people in need through education, advocacy and access to services.

For more information, visit www.farmworkercouncil.com or call (561) 533-7227.

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