According to Annie, it’s a hard-knock life for foster kids but thanks to one Florida millionaire, 70 kids are catching a break.
While Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc on the Miami area, the 70 foster children of SOS Children’s Village Florida were transported to an emergency shelter where they stayed for five days.
After the storm had passed, the children were informed of their new dilemma: Their home was without power. When they left the shelter, they were sleeping in cars.
Marc Bell, a millionaire and board member of their foster community, caught wind of the predicament and opened up his $30 million, 27,000 square foot mansion to the children.
“These kids needed us — and still do. Even though the hurricane is over, these kids still live in a hurricane,” explained Jennifer, Bell’s wife. “They all came over and all they wanted was a shower. They hadn’t eaten and they were all very sleep-deprived.”
The Bells have made the experience more like a vacation than displacement.
The children were spread throughout the spacious 9-bedroom, 17-bathroom house and kept busy.
“Today, we had manicure for the little girls,” Bell said. “We got Bobby the balloon guy coming later to entertain them. Yesterday during dinner, we had a singer come who plays guitar and sang songs with them.”
To top it off, there is also an arcade room complete with pool and air hockey tables.
Bell says it is unclear how long the children will be staying at his mansion. In the meanwhile, a GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money to get the foster community livable again.
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