Boca Raton couple takes in foster children following Hurricane Irma
BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBS12) —
A Boca Raton couple has taken in dozens of foster children with nowhere to go after Hurricane Irma.
Marc Bell and his wife Jennifer have the room in their home and the care in their hearts to help the children who were forced out of their emergency shelters after the hurricane.
"At noon yesterday, we got a phone call from the SOS Children's Village Florida saying we need help," Marc Bell said. "We've been evicted from our shelters and we don't know where to bring the kids, and we're not getting any help from the county what do I do? And I said bring them here."
The children's foster care community in Broward County is without power.
"They were hungry. They were tired," Marc Bell said. "They lived in the gymnasium for a week. They hadn't showered for a week and you saw how excited they were."
The couple has pulled out all the stops to keep the children happy and occupied during the ultimate Irma sleepover.
"Today, we had manicures for the little girls," Marc 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."
The Bells say they never thought twice about taking the children in.
"They don't have a mom or a dad so they're scared, and then their house parents, even know they're there for them, they're scared too,” Jennifer Bell said. “So to have these kids feel welcomed and to just feel comfortable, as a mom it just makes you feel like you're doing something good. It’s knowing that later on these kids are going to look back and they're going to want to help someone else.”
SOS Children's Villages Florida, the foster care community the kids are from are looking for donations to help get these kids back home.
If you'd like to help them you can donate here.