They are quiet, they are unassuming, but they are every day angels. Let me introduce you to Angel Alvarez and Hunter Miller, the angels next door.
This inconspicuous couple, fathers of three, grandfathers of two have some of the biggest hearts in Broward County. Seven years ago they started a charity called Christmas for the Innocent. Their goal was to bring happiness and joy to children whose families could not afford to make Christmas unforgettable.
Their goal was to reach 50 kids the first time they went out as Santa and his elves. When they got to the Boys and Girls Club in Deerfield Beach they realized they had fallen short by over 130 toys. So the joy of giving was mixed with a bit of melancholy because some kids had to be left out. At that moment, they made a promise that it would be last time any kid would be left out.
Ever since then Christmas for the Innocent has grown and people from all over the county now donate gifts. This year the Broward County chapter of ASTA, a travel organization, donated all the toys from their toy drive to them. And a motorcycle club, the Cartel Baggers, also decided to donate all their gifts to them.
On December 14, 2019 during the gift wrapping party, Angel got word from his friend Gladys Lage, a rider in the Cartel Baggers club, that they were about to arrive. Hunter grabbed his drone and documented their ride to the house. Gift wrappers, guests, Hunter and Santa (Angel) headed out to greet them.
With Christmas music blaring from their motorcycles they arrived with great fanfare and lots and lots of gifts. It was the spirit of Christmas, giving and sharing on wheels. It was a beautiful site to see and experience, a true testament to what a few can do for the many.
The Cartel brought 80 to 100 toys, helping Christmas for the Innocent reach their goal of delivering over 600 toys to children these Christmas.
These Christmas Angels are residents of Coral Springs, and not Oakland Park but their story is one that is inspiring for every community. And who is to say they won’t make an appearance in Oakland Park sometime soon?
EDITOR, PUBLISHER, WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER, REALTOR®
Désirée Ávila has called Oakland Park her home for over 33 years. In addition to publishing LivingInOaklandPark.com, Désirée has been featured in print publications, locally and abroad. Désirée was an award winning teacher for 10 years and has a doctoral level education in Educational Technology. She is currently a licensed Florida Realtor® and is committed to a high-level of professionalism.
Désirée consistently professionally develops herself and has earned several different professional designations and certifications in real estate including the PSA, e-Pro, AHWD, SRS, ABR, and SFR. She was also awarded the C2EX, Commitment to Excellence award by the National Association for Realtors (NAR). This award is given to Realtors® that distinguish themselves for their commitment to excellence in the real estate industry.
She is esteemed by her real estate colleagues and has consistently received 5 star reviews from her clients. Her philosophy about real estate is that being a Realtor® is a way of teaching and helping people, and in the process a real estate transaction may occur, that is to say her foremost priority is and has always been about helping others.
She is dedicated to her hometown of Oakland Park and works consistently on building and fostering a strong community. She is passionate about photography and loves to read books about history ; the more detail the better! In addition to English, Désirée is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian.
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