Hundreds Line Up for Holiday Food Baskets in Little Havana

Hundreds of people were lined up early Wednesday morning in Little Havana to be among the first to get their hands on the holiday food baskets given away by CAMACOL.

Every year, CAMACOL gives away 3,000 holiday gift baskets. Tickets for the baskets were given away earlier this month on a first come, first serve basis.

Letty Lee is one of the thousands who will go home with a free meal, "I've been waiting here for almost a week. It's amazing what CAMACOL does for us."

"We feed about 3,000 families. The family size could range anywhere between five to seven people. So if you multiply that, you're talking anywhere between 15 and 21,000 folks who will be fed for Christmas," said Luis Cuervo, CAMACOL business director.

It wasn't all waiting. There was entertainment and appearances by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, his wife and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, who helped hand out food.

"It's helping families. This is a time of giving," Gov. Scott said.

30 years strong, an example of the community coming together to make the holidays happier for thousands.

Next year, organizers said they want to help even more people. The goal is to add up to 2,000 more Christmas baskets and help 5,000 families.

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