Big thanks to everyone who come out to help Fill Our Sack! Because of you, we were able to donate more than 75 toys! Read below for more information on the families that your donations went to help.
From an article published on www.orlandoweekly.com, February 2017:
A recent study from United Way shows that 45 percent of households in Florida...still find it nearly impossible to obtain even the most basic necessities, and the numbers show the problem is only getting worse.
Despite being employed, according to United Way, many of these households are still unable to pay bills, afford health care, housing, transportation and essentially are one accident away from sliding into poverty. This is what we call "working poor."
The study shows that the federal poverty level, which is currently at $24,250 for a multi-family household, fails to fall even come remotely close to the estimated $55,200 needed to provide for a family of four in Orange County.
The study suggests that 3.3 million households across Florida can be labeled as working poor homes. That's 45 percent of the state population. Compare this to the 2.6 million working poor tallied in 2014 and the cause for concern becomes apparent.
The Baby DJ program began over 21 years ago when its founder "Johnny Magic" was inspired to provide assistance to families of economic disadvantage in the Central Florida area. As the host of Central Florida's top rated morning radio show, Johnny has had the opportunity to spend a great deal of time working throughout the community and witnessed firsthand the struggle that many families experienced in providing their children with necessities, especially during the holiday season.
From that moment of inspiration, Johnny began to dedicate his time and resources to developing a program that would make it possible for impoverished families to provide a wonderful holiday experience for their children. In the years since, Baby DJ has worked in collaboration with local churches and nonprofits organizations to fulfill this mission. Baby DJ volunteers have spent countless hours collecting and distributing resources to assist families in need, and the organization has since expanded to include several other charitable efforts that take place throughout the year.