Santa visits formerly homeless kids, teens

Children and teenagers at Daniel Kids were treated to a Christmas party


Christmas came early for some local teens and kids who used to be homeless.

Children and teenagers at Daniel Kids were treated to a party by Womenade, which is an organization that has worked to benefit the agency since 2003.

Children in the Residential Treatment program at Daniel Kids' main campus enjoyed a catered dinner, games and even had gifts delivered by Santa and Mrs. Clause.

“Some of them really don't expect anything, some of them don't get Christmas presents. So we have a challenge getting them sometimes to work with the staff to tell us what they want. Most of the kids get really excited. They have a lot of fun,” said Judy Hicks, Womenade founder. 

Daniel Kids helps young people in crisis. It was established in 1884 and is Florida’s oldest child-service agency.

The Independent Living program provides housing, education, therapy and support for homeless teens and youth aging out of foster care.

And the Residential Treatment program helps children exhibiting severe symptoms of mental and emotional distress through intensive counseling and psychiatric care. 

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