Help bring Christmas to families living in Kissimmee motel

Kate Santich, Orlando Sentinel
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A small grassroots ministry in Osceola County is working to bring Christmas to struggling families in Kissimmee’s rent-by-the-week motels. Many of the families, already teetering on the edge of homelessness, are led by parents who’ve lost their jobs in the theme-park industry because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The nonprofit Kissimmee-Poinciana Homeless Outreach is hosting a Christmas party at one of the motels on Dec. 20. The charity will give dozens of families a hot meal, toys for the children and gift cards for groceries.

If you want to help, the group is seeking unwrapped toys for kids from infants to teens, gift cards for Publix or Walmart and cash donations to help residents pay their rent. You can drop off toys at the Travelodge Kissimmee East, 2295 East Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee, by Dec. 18; donate online or mail contributions to Kissimmee-Poinciana Homeless Outreach, P.O. Box 242, Kissimmee, 34759.

Contributions are tax deductible.

Questions? Contact founder Barbie Austria at


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