Throughout the year, the Florida Grocery Manufacturers' Representatives, with contributions from members, gives back to various charitable organizations. The annual Holiday Luncheon is an opportunity for the GMR and its members to give back.
The 2016 charity chosen was A Kid's Place of Tampa Bay, Inc. Below is their mission statement as posted on their website.
A Kid's Place provides residential services to children from birth to age 18, who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment and to provide a variety of services which meet the social, educational, medical, and psychological needs of the child. Our primary focus is to keep sibling groups together in a safe, stable, home-like environment until a more permanent placement can be provided.
A Kid’s Place is a unique program designed to support the foster care system by providing state of the art residential care for siblings. Until June, 2009, a sibling group of 2-3 or more children sheltered due to abuse, neglect or abandonment were often separated and sent to different foster families or group homes depending on availability, the child's age, or special needs of the child. Studies that evaluate the outcome of separating siblings have determined that it is more detrimental to split siblings than it is to separate them from their parents. We knew it was time to do things differently.
- See more at: http://www.akidsplacetb.org/About-A-Kids-Place-of-Tampa-Bay#sthash.eqPVNQFi.dpuf
Through the generosity of the GMR Board and members, we were able to provide many gift cards as well as numerous sets and sizes of much needed pajamas. GMR is pleased to be able to contribute to this wonderful organization.