Once again, the children of Redlands Christian Migrant Association have grabbed their crayons and markers and started creating visions of a Florida Christmas.
Oranges hang on Christmas trees, strawberries bulge from stockings and palm trees sport Christmas lights.
Those images, and many more, go on Christmas cards for sale to the public. All money raised helps RCMA enhance the early education it provides to some 7,000 preschool-age children in Florida farm areas. Even better, it's matched 16:1 through the state of Florida's School Readiness contract with RCMA.
"I know it is hard to think snow and standard Christmas when the temperature is in the 80s, but our kids have great imaginations," says RCMA executive director Barbara Mainster. "And it has achieved lots of good for many years."
Every dollar raised helps prepare children in Florida's low-income farm communities to embrace school and seize its opportunities. RCMA is based in Immokalee and operates 71 child care centers, including 20 in the Tampa Bay area.
You can order RCMA Christmas cards online at rcma.org/holidaycards or by calling RCMA's Judy Brill at toll-free 1-800-282-6540. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone ordering 100 cards or more can choose an exclusive or specialized design by emailing Sonia Tighe at email@example.com or calling her at (813) 975-8377.