The City of Homestead Parks and Recreation Department is really getting into spreading cheer this holiday season throughout every nook and cranny of our city.
Their most recent event slated for this Friday, December 13, is Dinner with Santa. For a $7 contribution, the citizens of Homestead can gather at the Homestead Community Center for some yuletide fun complete with dinner, refreshments, activities and even a romp in the snow. Sadly, however, the cost of the event does exceed the budgets of some of our community’s less fortunate residents. Staff members of the City of Homestead Parks and Recreation Department and the Community Redevelopment Agency donated funds out of their own pockets to buy tickets for the Children’s Home Society of Florida to make this season memorable for some deserving children who live in local foster homes. Sixty underprivileged children along with ten chaperones were the recipients of seventy donated tickets making sure that, this year, no one is left out of the community holiday fun.
“It’s important to remember that despite our challenges, cultural differences and stations in life, that we are a community at the end of the day,” said Parks and Recreation Director Dennis Maytan, who led the donation effort. “The holidays are always a time of taking stock and to realize what really matters. To get the chance to work with such a great organization and brighten up the lives of these children is a blessing in itself. Santa will be thrilled!”
Tickets for Dinner with Santa can be purchased at the Parks and Recreation Department located at 350 SE 6th ave.
Pictured (L) to (R) are: Pedro Reynaldo, Parks and Recreation; Janet Riggins, Lead House Parent and Mentor for the Children’s Home Society; Dennis Maytan, Director City of Homestead Parks and Recreation Department; Liliana Avedano, Director of Program Operations-Children’s Home Society; and Charlene Parks, House Parent- Children’s Home Society.