We had an amazing and exciting summer here at Voices for Children of Broward County! Because of our friends like you, we were able to have a Summer of Fun. Read more below about all of our summertime activities that helped to build memories for a lifetime.
Summer Camp ☀️
This summer, with the support of generous friends, we were able to send 10 kids to local summer camps throughout our community. Each of our kids where able to grow, learn, try new activities, and make new friends.
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‘I’m having fun at camp. I like arts-n-crafts.’ – child, age 6
‘I’ve had to move a few times last year so I don’t have many friends. Being at camp, I’ve been able to make a few new friends and even learnt how to kayak. ’ – child, age 14
‘Before camp, I was afraid of the water. But now, I love playing in the water. ’ – child, age 8
‘All of my friends were going to camp and I really wanted to go. I’m so happy I was able go and play with my friends all summer. ’ – child, age 11
Dream BIG Day: Everglades Holiday Park 🐊
On Saturday, July 16, 2022, Voices for Children of Broward County took 20 kids, along with their Guardian ad Litem, to Everglades Holiday Park for an unforgettable Everglades excursion. The day began with a 60 minute private guided airboat tour, zipping along at speeds up to 60 miles per hour. We journeyed deep into the endless marshes and waterways of the Everglades for a thrilling adventure. We experienced breathtaking panoramic views and got up close and personal with many alligators and other exotic wildlife!
After the private airboat tour, we headed to our private pavilion for a tasty catered lunch made specially for us by the Everglades Holiday Park Cafe. We finished the day by enjoying a live gator show in the world-famous “Gator Pit”.
It was such a fun and thrilling day! It was a perfect day mixed with excitement, discovery, and learning about the important role the Everglades play as a natural wetland, and what can be done to help preserve it.
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‘My kids had such a great day! Thank you for giving them this opportunity.’ – Guardian ad Litem
‘The airboat was so fun. I loved it so much!’ – child, age 7
‘This was the best day I’ve had all summer!’ – child, age 9
‘In the car ride home, my two kids talked about the day and how much fun they had. This was the first time they have been to the Everglades and the first time they have been on a boat. Thank you for giving them this experience.’ – Guardian ad Litem
Christmas in July ✨
On Monday, July 25, 2022, Voices for Children of Broward County hosted the Annual Christmas in July event! At this event, Guardians ad Litem had the opportunity to shop through hundreds of toys, games, puzzles, clothing, and other items for their children to help bring smiles and comfort to children in foster care.
During Christmas in July, 45 Guardians ad Litem, lined up with bags to fill, shopped for 141 foster care children. All of the items shopped for will be used for birthday gifts, first time visits, court hearings, family enrichment activities, and ‘just because’ treasures.
With help from dedicated volunteers and our local community, our space was transformed into wonderland of joy. Thank you to everyone for helping to make the 2nd Annual Christmas in July a huge success!
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‘What a great event! I brought the gifts to my little girls right away – they were super excited.’ – Guardian ad Litem
‘I appreciate everything Voices for Children does!’ – Guardian ad Litem
‘I just wanted to say how much I appreciate what you do to help us to make our kids happy. I’m so excited to bring the gifts I picked up today to my kids and put some smiles on their faces!’ – Guardian ad Litem
‘This is one of my favorite events. Thank you so much for bringing joy in the lives of so many kids.’ – Guardian ad Litem
‘My kids are being reunified with their father and have absolutely nothing. This event is really making a difference for my kids and so many other kids.’ – Guardian ad Litem