Westfield Broward Shoppers Help Foster Kids


The Heart Gallery of Broward County is on the road. It takes beautiful photos of children in the foster care system with it, and holds events that create awareness of those children and their needs, both for forever families and for what help and love can be offered.

Last month, the Heart Gallery stopped in at Westfield Broward to introduce a new program: the Wish Gallery. It brought photos of children who are having birthdays in the next few months. Many shoppers passing by were moved to donate gift cards and fill out birthday cards to brighten those children’s days.

According to an article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the event was a great success:

“The new Wish Gallery was launched at the Westfield Broward mall and was a success, giving more than 40 children whose birthdays are through January not just one, but two presents.

“We just wanted everybody to make sure they’re remembered on their birthday,” Barbara Schechter, executive director of Heart Gallery Broward County, said.

The program is under the Heart Gallery of Broward County, a traveling photography exhibit of about 100 of the county’s foster children. Most are the ones that are harder to adopt because of their age. With the holidays coming up, many nonprofits conduct toy drives for Christmas and Hanukkah, but like other December babies, these children’s birthdays can be overlooked.”

While this event was organized by one specific Heart Gallery, the concept is a national one. If you’d like to learn more, you can visit its website.


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