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Boys Town South Florida Hosts 28th Annual Thanksgiving Give a Gobblehttps://www.boystown.org/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/Pages/BT_SFl_Hosts28thAnnualThanksgivingGiveaGobble.aspxBoys Town South Florida Hosts 28th Annual Thanksgiving Give a Gobble​<p>​On November 23, Boys Town South Florida hosted their 28th Annual Thanksgiving Give a Gobble. Over 50 volunteers showed up to help, including Boys Town South Florida board members, employees and families, and high school students.<br></p><p>Boys Town South Florida gathered donated food for families that might not have had the ability to provide Thanksgiving meals. Any family that received services from Boys Town South Florida in 2019 could sign up to receive a holiday meal and approximately 350 meals are handed out each year.</p><p>Volunteers, staff, and board members arrived early in the morning to start packing the meals. They formed an assembly line to pack bags that were donated by the Florida Power and Light Company. These meal bags included a 15-pound frozen turkey, two cans of corn and peas, two boxes of Jell-O, cranberry sauce, a large bag of dinner rolls, a five-pound bag of potatoes, and stuffing packets. This year the meals also included a disposable roasting pan for the turkeys, directions for cooking the turkey in both Creole and Spanish for non-English speaking families, and a holiday motivation card created by a Boys Town South Florida staff member.</p><p>"This is an amazing event that partners with the community, employees, high school volunteers and families, and our Board members, many of which who bring their children!" said Ariadne Reiman, Development Director for Boys Town South Florida. "We are so grateful to all of our corporate and community donors for this event such as Florida Power and Light Company, Carlton Fields Law Firm, Broward County Sheriffs Department, Costco, Publix, Malvern Bank, Wal-Mart, and Nubscc. Every Board member supported this event and that was one major reason for this year's success!"</p><p>Employees also increased their donations this year by creating a competition. For the weeks leading up to the Thanksgiving Give a Gobble, employees broke up into teams to see who could donate the most cans of food. Each week, the winning team would win a prize, such as Jimmy Johns sandwiches or pie. Through this competition, more than 800 cans of food were donated.</p><p>Boys Town South Florida also started a "Turkey Art Contest" to kick off the Thanksgiving season. First graders from 12 elementary schools made pictures or turkeys with their hands and various mediums. These were hung in a conference room at Boys Town and on November 20, people from local businesses were invited to come vote to decide the winning "turkey". "We wanted to use this event as a way to get information out about Boys Town to new prospects," said Reiman. Over 70 people came to the event where they enjoyed breakfast, learned about Boys Town, and voted for the winning art piece.</p><p>The Art Contest and Annual Thanksgiving Give a Gobble are just two of the amazing events Boys Town South Florida hosts every year to support the community and the families they are working with. They are living out the mission of keeping families intact, especially during the holidays. Thank you to all the employees, board members, and volunteers who made these events a success.</p><br>2020-01-24T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="Give a gobble" src="/locations/south-florida/PublishingImages/SFL_Gobble_2019_Picture_1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Give a gobble" height="447" src="/locations/south-florida/PublishingImages/SFL_Gobble_2019_Picture_1.jpg" width="335" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town South Florida Hope for the Holidayshttps://www.boystown.org/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/Pages/Hope-for-the-Holidays-20.aspxBoys Town South Florida Hope for the Holidays<p>Throughout December, the Hope for the Holidays toy drive took place at Boys Town South Florida. This toy drive has helped serve over 6000 children during the holidays since 2007. In this year alone, over 250 children receive gifts thanks to the generous donations of Jupiter First Church and The Geo Group. A-1 Moving and Storage also helped with the event by providing a truck and packing the toys into it for delivery. Elizabeth Lopez-Smith, a Compliance Specialist at Boys Town South Florida who has been running this event for 16 years stated, "I put all I have into making sure the kids have a great Christmas. I work in the office and this is the one way I try and touch all of the kids we serve."</p>​<br>2020-01-24T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Effort to canonize Boys Town founder Edward Flanagan reaches key milestonehttps://www.boystown.org/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/Pages/Effort-to-canonize-Edward-Flanagan-reaches-milestone.aspxEffort to canonize Boys Town founder Edward Flanagan reaches key milestone<p>​The effort to have Servant of God Father Edward J. Flanagan canonized a saint took a step forward today with the presentation of the Positio to Congregation for the Causes of Saints, along with a letter of support from Archbishop George Lucas.<br><br><a href="https://www.omaha.com/news/metro/effort-to-canonize-boys-town-founder-edward-flanagan-reaches-key/article_abb43a73-7e5c-59aa-a62e-a7b67a0b4af1.html?fbclid=IwAR3a4lPKoGHPBfp9iCfbcb_biLC0dMs6kY0E3ps6Z05RTHb1myqLaIsyB0U" target="_blank">Read more in this article</a> published by the Omaha World-Herald on July 22, 2019. <br></p>2019-07-30T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Father Edward Flanagan" src="/about/PublishingImages/flanagan.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> <img alt="Father Edward Flanagan" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/canonization.jpg" width="300" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Finding Her Future: McKenna's Storyhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/Pages/McKenna-Story.aspxFinding Her Future: McKenna's Story<p>Entering high school, McKenna felt lost and broken. She intentionally defied her family and continued to make bad decisions. Her issues grew beyond what her family could manage so they reached out to Boys Town for help. At Boys Town, McKenna learned the tools and the confidence she needed to turn her life around. She graduated from high school and will enter college with a full-ride scholarship. More importantly, her relationship with her family has never been stronger.</p>2019-07-17T05:00:00ZNewsNewsEventAltLink
Boys Town South Florida Expands Parent-Child Home Programhttps://www.boystown.org/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/Pages/BoysTownSouthFloridaExpandsParentChildHomeProgram.aspxBoys Town South Florida Expands Parent-Child Home Program<p>Boys Town South Florida's Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) is a research-proven program that enhances a child's early development to prepare them for primary school. </p><p>Families start this program when their children are between the age of 21 months and 42 months. Each program year has 23 weeks of home visits. Research has shown that families benefit the most by spending 46 weeks in the program. The child will complete the program between the ages of 3 and 4 as they transition into a pre-K or Head Start program. </p><p>The PCHP works by matching an Early Learning Specialist with a family, they then make two visits to the family every week. Early Learning Specialists bring parents appropriate tools and materials, such as individually selected books, educational toys and activities, all which promote verbal interactions, parent-child bonding and school readiness. </p><p>Boys Town South Florida's PCHP is one of three subcontracted Parent-Child Home Program sites in Palm Beach County, each site serves a specific demographic. Boys Town South Florida's program serves Haitian and African-American communities. A unique part of the program is that when possible they match the Early Learning Specialist with the same cultural background as the family, this can assist in strengthening the relationship and preventing language barriers.  </p><p>"The Parent-Child Home Program is helping to level the playing field in the communities we serve by supporting our program parents in their role as their child's first teacher which in turn starts their child on a path to school success," said Jennifer Abaid, Boys Town South Florida, Director Parent-Child Home Program.</p><p>Jennifer has been overseeing the program for nine years and in that time the program has expanded four times. In their most recent expansion on February 1, they were contracted to serve an additional 34 clients, specifically in West Palm Beach and Riviera Beach, Florida. </p><p>This new expansion was granted to Boys Town South Florida PCHP based on outcomes of previous clients in the program who scored above their peers on the Kindergarten School readiness test.  </p><p>The funders of Boys Town South Florida's PCHP are the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County and the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County.</p>2019-04-23T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Parent Child Home Program" src="/locations/south-florida/news-and-events/PublishingImages/PCHP_opt.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent

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