Volunteers Pack Toys, Write Cards to Vulnerable Children in Jamaica

Christmas will be brighter for 450 vulnerable children in Jamaica, thanks to Food For The Poor’s generous donors and the volunteers who packed dozens of toys and school supplies on Saturday.

Christmas in Jamaica

Hank Bleier, left, of Boca Raton, writes cards with personal messages that will be included with the toys and school supplies Bleier and other volunteers packed. Photo/Food For The Poor

FFTP hosted its second Hearts United Community Day, with nearly 20 volunteers working together in the charity’s Coconut Creek warehouse to pack these special gifts. The toys and school supplies will be sent to the charity’s Angels Of Hope children’s homes in Jamaica. 

Leann Chong, FFTP’s Director of Angels Of Hope Child Sponsorship Program, said the children will receive the gifts just in time for Christmas. In addition to packing, volunteers also wrote cards to the children with personal messages of love and encouragement.

Hank Bleier, a retired CPA and certified life coach, said charity is a way to give thanks for his blessings.

“I wish I could be there at Christmas time to see them opening their presents,” Bleier said. “There’s nothing better than watching somebody receive a gift – that big smile is worth a trillion dollars.”

Bleier and his wife, Sonia, a retired physical therapist, became regular volunteers at FFTP soon after Join The Pack Ukraine, a food-packing event the charity hosted at Florida Atlantic University in July to support families in Ukraine.

It’s not too late to provide a gift for FFTP’s toy drive. In addition to Jamaica, the charity is sending toys and school supplies to children in the charity’s Angels Of Hope homes in the Caribbean and Latin America. Go to www.FoodForThePoor.org/toydrive and click on the AmazonSmile button to shop.

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