Staff Report

 

StrawberrypeopleInstead of spring fever, most locals this time of year have Strawberry Fever, enjoying the great berries grown locally. Recently volunteers from Friends of FishHawk Foundation, Inc. held a Strawberry Fever Day and took 31 children ranging in age from 2 to 17 from A Kid’s Place, a home for abused and neglected children, strawberry picking at Spivey Farms in Plant City.

The donors and volunteers under the direction of Friends of FishHawk founder Kelly Rowjohn provided the children with a picnic lunch, crafts, games, a make-your-own strawberry shortcake bar and one hour of hands-on strawberry picking.

Strawberry Fever Day started with a little chill in the air, as the temperature was in the mid-50s. That did not stop the children and volunteers from having a blast. Faces were quickly dripping with strawberry juice from the fresh picked berries, as they squealed with delight.

According to A Kids Place spokesperson the kids had a blast and they were very appreciative of the Friends of FishHawk for hosting this event. The kids were thrilled to be able to bring back the fresh berries and enjoyed strawberry milkshakes, shortcake, smoothies, pies and even chocolate dipped strawberries.

“We always have a great group of moms who volunteer for our events, but I have to say that we had some super amazing dads come out for this event, who absolutely rocked. There were also several teenagers who gave up their Saturday to join their parents to help with this event,” Rowjohn said. “I cannot say enough about their maturity, their willingness to do whatever was necessary to help, and how wonderful they were with the little ones. They were respectful, polite, so intelligent, and just all around amazing young men and women.”

Friends of FishHawk Foundation, Inc is a Florida non-profit community based organization that was created to bring awareness to the philanthropic pursuits and humanitarian needs of the community.