An international nonprofit will give hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of new toys, clothes, educational products, baby items and other necessities to more than 2,000 at-risk Putnam County children on Saturday.
The special delivery is sponsored by Kids Wish Network On Tour, a program designed to help at-risk children facing life-altering challenges such as poverty, homelessness, illnesses, abuse and neglect, according to a news release.
The event is not open to the public. The nonprofit worked with local officials to preregister children to participate.
“Our school district is so pleased to be able to sponsor and partner with Kids Wish Network On Tour,” Courtney Carter, the Homeless Liaison for the Putnam County school district, said in the release. “We are looking forward to participating in an event that brings hope and happiness to some of our neediest children.”
Organizers also hope the Kids Wish Network event, which will be held at Palatka High School, will improve relationships between the children, their families and their community, according to the release.
Joining Kids Wish Network at the event will be Palatka Mayor Vernon Myers, Putnam County Sheriff Jeff Hardy, Palatka Police Chief Getchell, Putnam County School District Superintendent Tom Townsend, local police officers, firefighters, other city and county officials and volunteers and the families of the children, according to the release.
For more information on Kids Wish Network On Tour, go to kidswishnetworkontour.org.
The Florida Times-Union