Devereux Florida foster families celebrate the season at ‘Camp Holiday Cheer’
Devereux Florida and Central Florida Lifestyle Publications teamed up to help make holiday wishes come true for Devereux Florida foster families at the organizations’ second annual “Camp Holiday Cheer.”
Nearly 300 foster parents and children gathered at the Pines at Windermere, a lakefront recreational facility near Orlando, Fla., in December for an evening of fun and festivities.
Advanced Behavioral Health Florida and Central Florida Lifestyle
Publications recently teamed up to help make holiday wishes
come true for Devereux Florida foster families at the organizations’ second
annual “Camp Holiday Cheer.”
Nearly 300 foster parents and children gathered at the Pines
at Windermere, a lakefront recreational facility near
Orlando, Fla., in December for an evening of fun and festivities.
“The holiday season can be a painful time of year for
children in foster care who will not be home for the holidays with their
biological families,” said Devereux Florida Director of External Affairs Lindsey Phillips. “Thanks to our friends at Central Florida
Lifestyle Publications, and our other wonderful and generous community
supporters, we were able to spread joy, and give these families cherished memories
to last a lifetime.”
Capturing the magic of the season
Holiday spirit was in the air at Camp Holiday Cheer, as carolers
from Montverde Academy and
dancers from Ready,
Set, Dance entertained the crowd. Families played games and gathered
around a fire pit to share stories and roast marshmallows. Children even had
the chance to meet a bull from Suhls
Rodeo and safely hold a small alligator from Gatorland.
For many, the highlight of the evening was when Santa Claus
arrived by boat and took photos with the children.
“We wanted to make the holiday season special for our
foster children and the families that are providing them with safe, loving
homes,” explained Phillips. “Hearing the kids laugh as they played games and
seeing their faces light up when they saw Santa warmed everyone’s heart, and reminded
us of what the holidays are all about.”
View a video
featuring highlights from Devereux Florida’s 2019 Camp Holiday Cheer. Learn
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Advanced Behavioral Health Florida.
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