Miami legal community unities to help kids in the dependency system prepare for summer
The Miami-Dade Bar Association, Miami-Dade FAWL, Dade Legal Aid, and several advocacy committees recently partnered with local organizations and businesses for the first Gear Up for Summer event held at a local park.
The event was created to prepare children in the dependency program – whether they are living with relatives or in foster care – for safe and productive summers. These partnering organizations have hosted similar events at other times of the year, but recognizing that children need to be just as equipped for the pool as they do for school, they decided to put together this event, according to Aaron M. Feuer, chair of the Miami-Dade Bar Juvenile Committee.
“There’s never any shortage of events for back-to-school or the holidays,” Feuer said, “but, we there were no planned events emphasizing the importance of child safety and activities to help children prepare for the summer and being healthy and outdoors.”
The organizations ensured that more than 50 underprivileged children would be ready for all of the activities under the summer sun. Each child was provided with a backpack filled with sunscreen, a beach towel, a water bottle and other items.
“We set up an Amazon wishlist so our members and friends could buy whatever was needed,” Feuer said, adding the list contained small items and a few big-ticket items to raffle off, like bikes and swimming lessons.
He said thanks to the “outstanding leadership” efforts of Miami-Dade Bar President Sabrina Puglisi, along with the support of the bar’s Community Service Committee, Family Law Committee, Legal Aid, and Miami-Dade FAWL’s support, an “overwhelming” amount of donations were received.
In addition to the free giveaways for the children, food and activities were donated by Subway, Mo’s Bagels & Deli, and Girl Scouts Troop 1305. Puglisi Law, and The Joseph Firm also supported the event.