With the holidays approaching Councilwoman Judy Waldman will be holding her annual Christmas Toy Drive for Homestead Soup Kitchen during the months of November and December to benefit the children of families who receive services from the Homestead Soup Kitchen.
Collection boxes will be located at City Hall 790 N. Homestead Blvd Homestead, FL 33030, the Community Center located at 1601 N Krome Ave, Homestead, FL, 33030, Mamma Mia located at 538 Washington Avenue. Homestead, FL 33030, and The Big Cheese located at 350 N Homestead Blvd, Homestead, 33030. Toys will be picked up once a week from each location and stored for safe keeping.
Last year, Councilwoman Waldman, along with volunteers from her non-profit organization Little Angels, donated and distributed hundreds of toys to underprivileged children who along with their families receive meals and services from Soup Kitchen. This year, Councilwoman Waldman is asking the community to support the drive and donate new toys that will be distributed to kids who otherwise will not receive any Christmas gifts.
The mission of the Homestead Soup Kitchen has always been to serve those members of the community in need of a hot meal, regardless of circumstances, by having a “no questions asked” policy, the Soup Kitchen provides over 700 meals a week to individuals and families of the Greater Homestead/Florida City area and beyond. The idea of the Soup Kitchen began with the vision of Martha Royan, a Homestead resident from 1976 to 1985. The first meal was served on Thanksgiving Day 1983. With help from various organizations, church groups and individuals, the Soup Kitchen became a reality. Joe Mitchell, manager of the Farmer’s Market and Bill Losner, President of 1st National Bank of Homestead purchased the current location at 105 SW 3rd Ave. Homestead Florida and is operated Monday-Wednesday & Friday from 12 pm to 1:30 pm.