MIAMI (WSVN) — Holiday assistance for needy South Floridans came about on Thanksgiving Day at multiple events in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
In North Miami, with the help of Interiors by Steven G., the Embrace Girls Foundation kicked off the day Thursday with a celebration for first responders.
7News cameras caught several Miami-Dade Police cruisers with their sirens on.
Organizers said they wanted to make the holiday a little brighter for needy neighbors.
After the cops finished their Thanksgiving feast, they loaded up their squad cars and rolled out to pay them.
For a third year, the Embrace Girls Foundation sent officials with meals and bags full of necessities for those who were homeless on the holiday.
“To be able to come together and provide care to people in the community who are in need, and just to support our first responders, we are grateful that we can be a blessing to others,” said Miami-Dade Circuit Darrough Judge Miesha .
It was also a busy day for the branch organization.
Volunteers were up and preparing early meals at the United Methodist Church of Coral Gables.
“When you put these meals together, you’re giving someone a gift of love,” said Hedy Collver, the church’s senior pastor.
Over 800 volunteers gathered at seven South Florida locations to deliver over 5,000 meals from Dade to Broward in its 22nd year.
“We go into their homes and we do it really personally and lovingly, and we do it with respect and grace, and it’s just an incredible thing,” said Isabelle Pike of the affiliate.
In Fort Lauderdale, South Florida, Meals on Wheels, in its 35th year, shared the holiday cheer with homebound seniors.
“It’s so important to let them know we care about them every day, but especially on days like Thanksgiving,” said Mark Adler, executive director of Meals on Wheels.
And each delivery came with a bouquet of flowers.
Back in Miami-Dade, there was little star power on Turkey Day.
“It is a blessing to be able to give,” Fr. Diddy said.
P. Diddy and his family have teamed up with The Caring Place to serve hot meals, smiles and punches at the Miami Rescue Mission.
“Thanksgiving isn’t just about us eating; it’s about being grateful and giving back,” he said. “We’re just grateful that we can do this.”
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