‘Camp Holiday Cheer’ makes holiday season special for Devereux Florida foster families
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida and Central Florida Lifestyle Publications teamed up to host “Camp Holiday Cheer” to make the holiday season special for foster families.
More than 300 Devereux Florida foster parents and children experienced the magic of the season during an evening of holiday festivities and campfire fun.
Children had the chance to climb aboard an Orange County Fire Rescue fire truck, while wearing their very own plastic helmets provided by the fire rescue team.
More than 300 Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Florida
foster parents and children experienced the magic of the season during an
evening of holiday festivities and campfire fun.
Devereux Florida and Central Florida Lifestyle Publications
teamed up to host “Camp Holiday Cheer” in early December at Camp Ithiel
in Orange County. The camp and retreat center just outside of Orlando, Fla.,
was transformed into a winter wonderland for families to enjoy.
Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, donors and
volunteers, Devereux Florida’s foster parents and children – many of whom have never
experienced joyous holiday celebrations or received gifts from loved ones – made
memories to last a lifetime.
Making holiday wishes come true
Games and entertainment at Camp Holiday Cheer included an
obstacle course bounce house, a life-size Lite-Brite art toy and a glow party
tent. A cookie decorating station and a campfire with a fully equipped s’mores-making
station also were set up.
Children had the chance to climb aboard and explore an
Orange County Fire Rescue fire truck, while wearing their very own plastic
helmets provided by the fire rescue team. For those wanting a safe, up-close
encounter with a small alligator, Gatorland Orlando was on hand. Carolers,
dancers and a visit from Santa Claus made the evening even more special for
“The kids had a ball! No one realizes the time, effort and
teamwork an event like this entails. Between the gator, the making of s’mores,
the games, Santa and the yummy food – everything was perfect,” said Devereux
foster parents Joan and Roger. “The dancers also had the girls and boys
mesmerized with all of them wanting to take up dance now.”
Spreading holiday cheer
“Camp Holiday Cheer was a huge success! I want to thank all
of our supporters for helping to make it a magical and memorable evening for our
foster families,” said Devereux Florida Manager of External Affairs Lindsey Phillips. “Every child deserves
to experience the wonder of the season. Unfortunately, many of the children we
serve never have. For them, the holidays can be a painful time, as they are
reminded of the family they have temporarily, or in some cases permanently,
lost. This event enabled us to brighten the holidays for those in need and help
make their wishes come true.”
To learn more about
Devereux Florida’s foster care and adoption programs, click here. To learn more about Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, click here.
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