Dozens line up to receive vouchers for CAMACOL’s annual holiday basket giveaway

MIAMI (WSVN) - Dozens of people had an early start to their morning as they lined up in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood to receive one of CAMACOL’s holiday basket vouchers.

CAMACOL began handing out vouchers for their 34th annual food basket distribution event at 8 a.m., but those eager to get their hands on a ticket waited outside the doors as early as 5 a.m., Wednesday.

Those who receive one of the 3,000 vouchers up for grabs will be able to pick up a holiday basket on Dec. 18. Each basket is filled with enough food to feed a family of 10.

City of Miami Police also responded to the scene to make sure the event stays under control.

Juanita Alvarez, who gets there early enough every year to be at the front of the line, was surrounded by friends who braved the cold weather with her. This was her 14th year participating in the event.

“Soon, whew, we’re going to get a ticket, and we’re going to enjoy December the 18th, the food and we’re going to get a lot of items,” Alvarez said. “They do an excellent job every year, doing this for us, for the community. I’m grateful I’m able to share with my family.”

7News cameras caught up with her after she was able to get her voucher.

“We made it. We got it here. Unbelievable, look!” said Alvarez.

Those participating in the event said they are thankful for CAMACOL and their sponsors who are willing to help them celebrate the holidays and feed their families.

“I’m happy that everybody here should be getting a ticket and get a meal for everybody because I know it’s really hard this time [of year], it’s very difficult and everything is expensive,” said participant Mercedes Duque. “It’s a gift, and everybody enjoys it.”

The Latin Chamber of Commerce expects to feed nearly 3,000 needy families from various communities.

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