South Florida rallied around students in Broward County as they prepare to go back to school Wednesday, Aug. 18.

Sunshine Cathedral, SunServe, and Care Resource teamed up to send kids back to class healthy and with the tools they need to get the new year started.

On Aug. 14 at Sunshine Cathedral at 1480 SW 9th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, they offered COVID vaccines for people 12 years old and older as well as gathering essential school supplies. “SunServe is excited about the upcoming vaccination event with our partners Sunshine Cathedral and Care Resource,” said Terry Dyer, SunServe’s director of Development.

Care Resource provided the medical personnel who gave out the first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Recipients were then given an appointment to get their second dose at one of Care Resource’s locations. With Florida accounting for about 20% of all COVID cases in America, Dyer says getting vaccinated becomes more important every day. “It is crucial that we stand firm in providing all care to our great community in every possible way. As cases continue rising, it is beneficial that we have such events and with no cost.”

Sunshine Cathedral and SunServe also collected back-to-school supplies. New and gently used backpacks were needed, and ideally they’ll come with notebooks, pens, paper, and other essentials already inside. Cash donations were also accepted.

Dyer reminds people that tens of thousands of students in Broward County need help getting the year started right. “We have so many youths in need as they continue furthering their education. Backpacks and various school supplies should be the least of their worries. It truly takes a village to raise a child and these kids need our support in many ways.”

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