FORT MYERS, Fla. - A local charity, struggling to keep its own doors open, found a new way to reach out to the community, by taking it to the park.
Nations Association Charities based in Tice fed more than 300 families, while giving away 20,000 pounds of food. The charity celebrated its 15th annual Family Outreach Day at Schandler Park on Saturday.
"The people really need it," said Reverend Israel Suarez, the Founder of Nations. The event also featured games for kids and a free health screening.
But in order to keep providing this kind of help, nations needs a little charity of its own. The organizations runs a thrift store on Palm Beach Boulevard, which sells donated furniture to help raise money for the charitable efforts. The buildings owner is hoping to sell the facility and has offered to work with Suarez. But he's asking for a $300,000 down payment, which Suarez says can't be reached.
"I'm just waiting for a miracle," said Suarez, hoping someone will give back to the charity, that has spent 34 years giving so much to Lee County.