Alberto Carvalho served up a hot holiday meal for the homeless and their families at the Chapman Partnership – a Christmas Eve that Anton Hendricks said he’s very grateful for.
"I'm appreciative of everybody's donation and volunteer work here at the center,” said Hendricks, who is a single father, as he held his son at a table.
He said “it means a lot because my child has a meal, he has a warm place to stay, and more importantly he has the Christmas spirit – something that he never had before.”
The long lines moved quickly and more than 150 people were fed at the event in Miami.
“I thought I’d bring a little joy and bring some lunch, and honor the less fortunate in our community, and bring happiness,” said Carvalho, Miami-Dade’s superintendent of schools. “It’s about kids, it’s about community.”
The Chapman Partnership is focused on empowering the homeless, but on Monday it was all about making kids and families smile.
“It’s very exciting, because all of this stuff, I never had this in my life,” said a boy named Jabari.
Alfredo Brown, the deputy director of the Chapman Partnership, said Carvalho comes by every year and spends quality time with the kids.
“He brings them a special meal and he makes sure each child gets a toy. And he spends the quality time with them, and he gets to know them and talks with them,” Brown said. “And it’s a marvelous experience for the children.”
Said Carvalho, “It’s about love, it’s about peace, it’s about the holidays.”