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150 volunteers served ho​liday meal to 500 at Boca mall Xmas Day

The usually casual food court looked like a fancy restaurant for the third Christmas Day meal at the mall. Tables were set with white linens, china and fresh flowers.

This wasn’t a buffet. More than 150 volunteers served holiday fixings from local and mall restaurants. Five hundred people from 14 nonprofits were organized by Boca Helping Hands.   

Most were families. First timer Asmaa Balgar said she was glad she brought her kids. They go to Florence Fuller Child Development Centers where she works.

“I love that the whole community embraces this. We had to turn down volunteers,” said Sal Saldana, Town Center at Boca Raton general manager.  

“Something like this gives you a different idea of Boca than most people have,” said Greg Hazle, Helping Hands’ executive director. “This is not just for a meal, but to be served by the community.”

Volunteers of Boca Helping Hands
Mayor Scott Singer among the voluteers at the Boca Helping Hands event.

Servers included public officials Congressman Ted Deutch, County Commissioner Bob Weinroth and Mayor Scott Singer. Familiar faces there were from nonprofits and the Rotary Club of Boca Raton. Pam Weinroth presided over the children’s gift giveaway. The mall collected the toys since Black Friday.

“People sacrifice their Christmas to do this,” Hazle said.

By Marci Shatzman  

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