Palatka mayor on event for at-risk kids: ‘There was a lot of joy in our community’

A Megatrux Inc. truck emblazoned with the Tampa-based Kids Wish Network On Tour logo recently rolled into Putnam County filled with gift bags for 2,000 at-risk children.

Pre-screened families received gift bags for their children and teens that were full of a variety of toys, educational products, baby items, and other new gifts from Kids Wish Network’s “Guardian Angel” donors, according to a news release.

“I was awestruck with this wonderful, wonderful event,” Palatka Mayor Vernon Myers said in the release.. “Having not participated before, I had no idea what to expect and I was just amazed by it. Everything was great: the organization, what it entailed, and, most importantly, the quantity of gifts given to benefit our children … There was a lot of joy in our community.”

Kids Wish Network is an international charitable organization “dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children having experienced life-altering situations,” including poverty, homelessness, abuse, neglect and illnesses, according to the release.

The deliveries were made at Palatka High School, Interlachen High School and Crescent City Junior/Senior High School during a day of festivities.

“There is something truly magical about watching young faces light up during our OnTour events. Being able to provide necessities for children facing difficult circumstances is an honor and a privilege,” Kids Wish Network Executive Director Anna Lanzatella said in the relaease. “By getting local city and county officials involved … we are creating a sustainable connection between these leaders and the young children in their community and a hope for a better future.”

The Florida Times-Union
Jacksonville, Florida
Source:
http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/400721/beth-cravey/2012-09-27/palatka-mayor-event-risk-kids-there-was-lot-joy-our

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