As part of its ongoing commitment to give back to the Greater Miami community, Jungle Island is partnering with the Lotus House on the launch of the nonprofit organization’s new “Kids for Kids” drive by collecting non-perishable food items through Nov. 26. For every donation made, park guests will receive a 25 percent discount on daytime tickets to South Florida’s popular eco-adventure attraction.
Additionally, Jungle Island will host 100 residents of the Lotus House for a memorable sensory journey through the 18-acre park on Nov. 27. For many of these families, this will be their first time meeting and learning about some of the world’s most rare animals including lemurs from Madagascar and Australian red kangaroos. Lotus House residents also will have the opportunity to tour the giant colorful lanterns as part of Luminosa Festival of Lights and participate in a variety of adventure activities.
Collected food items will be taken back to Lotus House that afternoon for sorting and organizing, helping to support the 350,000 meals they serve yearly.
“At Jungle Island and ESJ Capital Partners, we are dedicated to supporting our communities and to helping those in need,” said Curtis Crider, Jungle Island’s general manager. “We look forward to our partnership with the Lotus House and to brightening this Thanksgiving holiday for their residents. It will certainly be rewarding for us to see the smiles on their faces.”
“We are thankful for the generosity of Jungle Island and its patrons,” added Beatrice Gonzalez, Community Outreach director for the Lotus House. “Our Kids for Kids drive aims to engage students and organizations to become advocates on behalf of children experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. This program will be life-changing and will further support our mission, helping to provide meals that are designed to nourish and uplift the bodies, minds and spirits of the close to 500 children we shelter yearly.”
Donation drop-offs to the Lotus House can be made daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 26 at Jungle Island, located at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132.