The idea for Christmas in July began in 2001 when then Kiwanis Division 23 Lt. Governor, Dr. Celia Earle, discovered that there were hundreds of Broward County students who could not list a home address because they stayed in shelters. This staggering figure was in addition to hundreds of homeless children under the age of five. She realized that the number one need for these children was underwear, followed by shoes, and then clothing. She successfully challenged all Kiwanis clubs in Division 23 to come up with a way to make a difference in the lives of these unfortunate children under the age of 19. She reached out to the Broward County Board of County Commissioners who embraced the concept and set up collection facilities at court houses.
Thus, Christmas in July was born, an ever-growing event that provides a ray of hope to homeless children and children who end up in shelter facilities through no fault of their own. It shows them that others truly care about their plight. Christmas in July helps equip these children for the upcoming school year with the essentials every kids should have their first day. There are also a variety of necessities available to needy families with children. Everyone is treated to a day of fun, joy, hope, and laughter with all-day activities designed to make them feel special.
The 2016 event is being planned. If you are interested or need to know more, please see the brochure attached: