Friday, April 6, 2012

Broward Outreach Easter/Passover Celebration

Today, Dan and I, along with some of our Miami Dolphins friends, spent the day at the Broward Outreach Center in Hollywood Florida. Broward Outreach may sound familiar. That is because a group of the Miami Dolphins Women and myself spent Thanksgiving here a few months ago. You can read about that experience and see pics and videos here

Broward Outreach Center is a full service 130 bed facility that serves the homeless population in the area. Through support, education, and counseling, Broward Outreach Center helps individuals get back on their feet by setting and reaching goals, and overcoming tough, life-controlling, situations and/or addictions.

I had so much fun at the Thanksgiving event, that I gladly responded with a big ole' YES when Lynette from the Outreach Center contacted me about their event on Easter weekend. They call it "Thanksgiving in April". Since the guys are around this time of year, they got their workouts in early so they could come serve as well. 

It never fails, our experience at Broward Outreach was once again enjoyed. The overall atmosphere was loving and positive. The crowd, joyous. There was cotton candy and a petting zoo for the children. Along with a DJ who provided good dancing tunes and MC'd for limbo and hula hoop contests. Plates overflowed with potatoes, stuffing, turkey, gravy, veggies, and cranberries. Each plate was accompanied with a drink and pie. There was a clothing tent, and a hope tote tent. Certified volunteers provided a foot care station where people could get their feet washed, treated if need be, and beautified.

A great time was had by all. Broward Outreach is one of my favorite places to serve in the community. I can always count on everyone there to be very welcoming and ready to have a good time. 

Happy Easter Weekend and Passover to everyone out there reading from Kaela and Dan Carpenter! We hope your weekend is full of family, friends, fun, food, and lasting memories!

Thank You to our fellow Miami Dolphins for joining us today! 
-Ryan and Susanah Baker
-Michelle Beck
-Dan and Kaela Carpenter
-Brandon and Katie Fields
-Jessica Vones
-Stu and Renee Weistein
-Ilona Wolpin

To read more on the event visit:

 Dan and Kaela Carpenter serving food
Photo Courtesy: Miami Dolphins

I thought I smelled home. I found a petting zoo!!
Photo Courtesy: Dan Carpenter

Ryan in the Hula Hoop Contest!
Photo Courtesy: Miami Dolphins

Dan Carpenter and Brandon Fields with some of the other volunteers
Photo Courtesy : Miami Dolphins

Here is a link to a video from the event on the Finsiders.
Click Here.


  1. Luv it! Thanks for sharing. I was part of it as well, but at the Pompano Beach location along with other members of PTK Omega Phi!
    Happy Easter!

  2. Kayla,
    I hope your Easter at Pompano was successful as well!