Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services, which works to rescue youth from lives of victimization and crime, providing them with structure in a stable and nurturing environment, celebrated the holiday season by hosting its annual holiday luncheon in December.
Guests enjoyed the holiday festivities, along with children and teens, at Miami Bridge’s Central Campus location.
Miami Bridge youth recited original poetry, performed choreographed dances, and one youth played Christmas carols on the piano for all to sing along. Costco, the membership-only warehouse clubs’ chain, and the U.S. Probation Office Outreach Program generously donated gifts, along with other community partners, for the kids and teens to unwrap on Christmas day.
“At this time of year, many of our Bridge kids experience a range of emotions. Their sole desire is to spend the holidays with family and to be loved.
We are very grateful to those who have stepped in with holiday toy drives and gift cards,” said Dorcas Wilcox, CEO of Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services Inc. “While these cannot replace the love they seek, it does brighten their day and can put a smile on their faces.”
Among the attendees were former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy and other Miami Bridge board members, as well as friends and family of the organization who were also thanked for their continued support.
Miami Bridge was established in 1985 and serves as Miami-Dade County’s only 24-hour emergency shelter for children and teens in crisis ages 10-17. For more information, visit www.miamibridge.org.