FPL, Boys & Girls Clubs host free pumpkin giveaway
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Florida Power and Light teamed up with Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade to hand out some free pumpkins and other treats for Halloween.
The big family event was held Wednesday. Volunteers gave away 250 pumpkins, LED candles, Halloween safety goodies to residents and also provided free pumpkin painting and children's activities. "It's really cool getting free pumpkins and painting on it," said Melissa Garcia.
Dozens of needy South Florida families received free pumpkins for Halloween, courtesy of FPL and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. "They're all excited, jumping up for joy. Many of these kids have never had a pumpkin, so it's nice," said Boys & Girls Clubs Miami-Dade Director Alex Rodriguez Roig.
Carlos Mesa took his daughter to the pumpkin patch. "That's the one she likes, and I guess that's the one it is," he said.
At the event, FPL also presented a check for $50,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. "It's really great to have this opportunity to make Halloween a little bit happier for the kids. We made a nice donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs," said FPL Director of External Affairs Irene White. "We got some great pumpkins we are giving away and really just make it a fun holiday season."
The kids not only picked the perfect pumpkin but also got a chance to show off their creativity by painting their pumpkin before taking it home to carve it. "I'm gonna paint it, and then I'm gonna carve it. I don't know, Frankenstein," said Nick Casanueva.
FPL outfitted the pumpkin patch tent with energy-efficient lighting to ensure years of fun at a lower cost. The savings will be channeled back into the valuable programs offered by the Boys & Girls Clubs.
The lighting savings, proceeds from the pumpkin sales and FPL's gift will help more than 10,000 children in Miami-Dade County served by the Boys & Girls Clubs.
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