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In the Community

Dr. Zambrano and his family put a very heavy emphasis on charitable works and giving back to the community that they both grew-up in and that has given them so much. They focus a lot of their attention on involving their children to teach them from an early age that not only is giving back essential, it is fun and rewarding and makes connections that can last a lifetime and can change the lives of those they are helping.

IN OUR OFFICE

There are ways that Dr. Zambrano has incorporated his desire to give back through his office. He has sponsored contests throughout his 3 offices to search for the most charity-minded kids in his practice.

They submitted essays about how they give back, and the winning patients were awarded $250 to be donated to the charity of their choice, and another $250 for their personal use. Daniel Gologorsky from our Miami Beach office was our winner. But we were all thrilled to see how many of our patients were actively giving back to our wonderful community!

Our practice is a proud sponsor of a charitable campaign titled "Just Ask" which features a deserving person who has met incredible adversity in their lives and has perservered and really made something of themselves. This person appears with their story in an online newsletter (Just Ask Boo) that reaches nearly 10,000 local people, and it links to a Target registry that lists items they need to help with their goals.

For example, if a homeless teen has gotten into college, we sponsor them to help get the items they need to move into a dorm. Their stories are always amazing and inspiring!

There have also been many times when Dr. Zambrano has met a very deserving but very underpriveledged child through his various projects who he has done orthodontic work on at no charge. He has provided dental hygiene products to countless charities and charitable endeavors.

DELANEY SPREADING JOY IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC





Much of Delaney's summers are spent on trips that are like "Teen Peace Corps" where she travels to poverty stricken areas and do whatever needs doing to help the people there. On the Dominican Republic trip she and the group of teens help to create sustainable living in a small village. They used water bottles to create the insulation for the housing being built, ran pipes for water and so much more. The most gratifying part for her is always getting to know and share with the kids in these villages!

A SPECIAL HOLIDAY FOR THE FAMILIES AT THE "MUJERES" PROGRAM






The Zambranos helped to collect items for families that are a part of this wonderful not-for-profit in Homestead to help make their holidays brighter. One family they were helping in particular has a single parent who lost their job and had their house robbed, all while dealing with a child who had suffered abuse outside the home

IN OUR FAMILY








Every year for Mothers Day, the Zambranos organize a bunch of interested families from Amy's Island Angels community service group to "adopt" families at the New Life Shelter for homeless families and take their kids shopping to buy gifts for their own moms for Mothers Day! They help them shop, pay for the gifts, and everyone takes all the kids for dinner nearby and then help them to wrap their gifts! It is truly an unforgettable experience, and this year was no different! Delaney is pictured below with some of the kids that joined them this year!

BRINGING KIDS MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKERS





Sunny Odogwu is an incredible young man who has overcome obstacles that most people we know will never face. Born in rural Nigeria, Sunny was raised in extreme poverty, with mainly no clothes, no shoes, sleeping on the dirt in a hut, and doing manual labor to help his family since he could speak and walk. When his father died when Sunny was a teen, he had the opportunity to come to the United States to pursue his athletics and an education. He went to school in Georgia, then Maryland, and ended up being accepted to the University of Miami where he is a star on the football team, but even moreso in the classroom. He graduated this May as a junior, and will start his MBA in the Fall! He was one of only 4 college athletes in the county that received a prestigious "Who's Who" academic award, and the only football player. His story is one of faith and strength and overcoming the unthinkable, and the kids from "Touching Miami with Love" in Overtown and the teens from Miami Bridge (Miami's only teen homeless shelter) were mesmerized by him!

BUILDING HOUSES FOR THE POOR DURING SPRING BREAK






During spring break, the Zambrano's joined the most fabulous not-for-profit, "Techo", to build houses for the poor in a rural area in Costa Rica. These families live along the slope of a mountain, with no potable water, no sewer, no electricity, no services, etc. It was life changing for the whole Zambrano family, as they did incredibly difficult physical labor alongside the family that would be moving into their new house. This family included 2 parents, 3 daughters (12, 15, 18) and two infants (belonging to the 15 and 18 year olds!). It is something none involved will ever forget. Best Spring Break ever!!

HELPING A HOMELESS VET WITH 4 CHILDREN



When the Zambranos heard about a female vet with four kids that found herself homeless, they leapt into action. They collected needed items for the mom and all of the kids, as well as provided gift cards for groceries, gas, etc.

BOOK DRIVE!



Books are needed year round at all of the local organizations that the Zambranos support. This is one big car-full of books that were distributed to eager readers!

ANNUAL SCHOOL SUPPLY COLLECTION





Each year the Zambrano's spearhead a major school supply collection at the end of the summer which benefits various local organizations where the kids are not able to start the new year with supplies of their own. Dr. Zambrano is shown here with the collections!

SCARING UP HALLOWEEN FUN FOR KIDS OF BATTERED WOMEN!



When a call went out that the kids living in the Lotus House shelter for battered women with their moms could use some Halloween costumes, the Zambrano's spread the word and got a car full! The kids loved their new costumes and enjoyed a fun-filled night!!

WE LOVE BLUE!!!



At a time when policemen and women all over our country are facing some real challenges and many feeling unappreciated and even in danger themselves, the Zambranos spread the word in their Island community for families that wanted to show love and support to our local PD to drop by at various times over the course of a couple of weeks and deliver home-made goodies and notes of thanks! The police force were surprised and thrilled by the outpouring of love!

FINDING FREE FUN FOR HOMELESS TEENS IN MIAMI!



Aware that local orgs come up against a brick wall when trying to match funding to opportunities for fun on a daily basis, Amy looks for free ways to show the kids a good time! She has contacted local Home Depots to see if they would be willing to teach some hands-on skills to the teens living in the local shelter, Miami Bridge, and they gladly agreed! The kids had a wonderful time working with their hands and seeing the fruits of their labor!! Hearing that the kids wanted to learn archery (Hunger Games fad!), she contacted World Wide Sportsman and they happily obliged!

SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR THOSE WHO NEED THEM!



At the end of every summer, the Zambranos organize a huge drive for new school supplies that are distributed to area organizations for distribution to kids who otherwise wouldn't have them. The volunteer network always kicks into high gear and people are always happy to help these kids!

MOVIE NIGHTS FOR TEENS AT THE TEEN SHELTER!



The Zambranos continue to organize periodic movie night treats for the teens at Miami Bridge homeless shelter for teens. Various groups of families go to the shelter and take homemade baked goods and set up a dessert buffet and then their kids serve drinks and popcorn to the teens as they settle in to watch a movie...it's always an awesome night!

CHRISTMAS IN JULY" ON KEY BISCAYNE!



The Zambranos and their daughters participated in a wonderful initiative spearheaded by the Chief of Police on Key Biscayne, "Christmas in July", where hundreds of kids from Liberty City and their parents were brought to the Key for an afternoon of fun, food and gifts to be hosted by legions of volunteers who wanted to welcome them and show them a good time! Pictured here (far left) is Delaney, the oldest daughter, with a couple of friends and some of the adorable kids!

BOOKS FOR HOMELESS TEENS!





Delaney Zambrano and a group of friends recently visited "Miami Bridge" shelter for homeless teens to help to organize all the books the Zambranos had previously gotten donated for a new library. As time goes on, the library gets disorganized and the titles get mixed up, so they periodically go in and give it an overhaul!

BRINGING FRESH PRODUCE TO THE INNER CITY!






Delaney and Amy Zambrano recently participated in a "fresh fruit and vegetable" distribution in Liberty City! Unfortunately it is cheaper for people living on small incomes to buy their family a fast food meal or something processed than to pay for expensive fresh produce. Key Biscayne resident Pat Molinari started the program and a mere $200 pays for a GIGANTIC box of fresh fruits and veggies YEAR ROUND. The KB Community Foundation matches ANY donations to this effort dollar for dollar! If you are interested in helping, contact Amy at amyjaime@Bellsouth.net






The Zambranos recently took out a group of teens from Overtowns "Touching Miami with Love" program on their boat out to Stiltsville. They swam, fished, used the rope swing, and paddled around all afternoon. Dr. Zambrano can be seen teaching them how to set up the hooks, bait them, and to fish. Every kid there caught at least 2 fish, and most caught 5-7! It was an incredible, incredible day. They had a ball, so did the Zambranos, and they were so appreciative of the experience. Most had never been on the boat, and none had ever even seen Stiltsville!

ROUND TWO OF CREATING "WELCOME BOXES" FOR HOMELESS TEENS!



The Zambrano family recently did a second delivery of over 25 "welcome boxes" for homeless teens at "Miami Bridge"…the only shelter for homeless teens in all of Miami Dade County. The boxes contained twin sheets/blankets, all the toiletries, combs, journals, a book, new socks, etc. They also brought desserts and popcorn and hosted a movie night for the teens at the shelter. They do such great work at this shelter and the Zambranos were thrilled to provide them once again with the core supplies they need, as well as give their daughters and their friends an opportunity to serve teens in the community!

Continuing deliveries of IPads to the wounded soldiers!



As Co-Founder of "iPads for Soldiers" (providing iPads to those still fighting on the front lines and also those recovering from grave injuries in military hospitals in the US), Amy was delighted that her daughter Delaney was finally able to accompany her on a recent delivery now that she is old enough to enter the hospital at Walter Reed! As always, it was a moving and very emotional experience to surprise the heroes there with their iPads, visit with the families, hear their stories, etc. To date (summer, 2014) we have been able to deliver over 4,200 iPads to our troops!

Taking kids from the New Life Family Homeless Shelter to shop for their Mom for Mother's Day!





Another wonderful outing, taking the kids from all of the families living in the New Life Family Shelter to shop for their moms and dads for Mothers Day & Fathers Day. The money to shop was donated by many people in Amy's "Island Angels" network. After shopping, the participating Island Angels families took the kids to eat and had a ball! Finally, they helped them to wrap their special gifts! It's a great way to enable kids that wouldn't normally have the money to buy something special for their parents to be able to pick out what THEY would like to surprise them with!

Taking the homeless teens from Miami Bridge on the boat and to Stiltsville!



So many of the kids who live here in Miami have never even been on the water (some haven't even seen it!). The Zambranos surprised them with a day on their boat, and a trip out to Stiltsville. The kids were blown away and loved seeing the Bay, Miami from the water, and the very unique houses built on stilts in the middle of the water. They had so many questions, and were greeted at Stiltsville by several large manatees rolling in the water right at the dock. They were in awe of the whole experience!

Fishing Clinic for the homeless teens at Miami Bridge!



Peri Zambrano is pictured here with her dear friend Bess and one of the wonderful teens from "Miami Bridge" who were treated by the Zambranos to a fishing clinic run by some of the best fishermen in Miami. The outing took place at the beautiful Bill Baggs Park on Key Biscayne, and the fishermen set up 20 professional rods and bait and taught them how to fish. The clinic was followed by a big picnic provided by many families of Amy's "Island Angels" group. It was unforgettable for all!

Creating "welcome boxes" for the homeless teens at the Miami Bridge!





Miami Bridge is a wonderful local organization that houses homeless teens. The Zambrano's organized a collection through their "Island Angels" to gather all the items needed when a new teen arrives at the shelter. They ended up completing 25 boxes that included all bathroom items (shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste/brush/mouthwash, chapstick, deodorant, brush/comb, body soap, etc) and 25 larger boxes which included new t-shirts, socks, a book, new sheets and a yummy blanket. It was a really fun project, and their daughter and her friends enjoyed filling the boxes with all of the goodies and delivering them/touring the shelter!

Collecting supplies for the Humane Society!



Peri Zambrano's passion is helping animals. She is committed to raising money and then doing the shopping for the items on the Humane Society's wish-list, which includes food, treats, leashes, litter, towels/blankets, etc. She mainly delivers all her goods in person and visits with the shelter animals, and recently surprised a speaker from the Humane Society who came to her school with her most recent haul!

2013 Christmas surprise delivery of ipads to the wounded at Walter Reed!



Amy travels several times a year to "Walter Reed" to surprise the heroes there with an ipad through "Ipads for Soldiers" which she co-founded with her friend Winnie Pritchett (her son is a West Point grad and was previously deployed in Afghanistan). This December 2013 was the most recent delivery for the holidays. As always, it was the best trip...so moving and inspiring to meet these heroes and their families, and be able to give them this gift of appreciation and support!

BACK-TO-SCHOOL DINNER FOR CASA VALENTINA KIDS!



CV Dinner 2013

The Zambrano's gathered a dozen families from Key Biscayne to offer a home-cooked meal to kick-off the new school year for the kids from "Casa Valentina". "Casa Valentina" is a wonderful local organization offering housing, mentoring, life-skills and all kinds of other support to kids who have recently phased out of foster care but are ill-equipped to live on their own. The kids are all enrolled in local colleges and so a raffle at the dinner included many school supplies, gift cards, etc. It's the second year the Zambranos have coordinated this dinner with all the Key Biscayne kids serving the CV kids, and the feedback was (once again!) that it is the favorite event of the year for the CV residents!!

DELIVERY OF BAKED GOODS TO KB FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE DEPARTMENT ON 9/11



Amy coordinated an annual delivery to the Key Biscayne Fire and Police Department with multiple families from her "Island Angels" to show the community's appreciation for them on 9/11. The kids were treated to a full tour of their facility and were challenged to climb UP the fire pole! They posed in a vintage firetruck, once the actual fire truck used on Key Biscayne! The gesture was very much appreciated by all, and the children loved doing something to thank these heroes!!

SHOPPING WITH THE KIDS FROM "NEW LIFE FAMILY SHELTER" FOR GIFTS FOR THEIR MOMS



This Mother's Day was a special one for both moms and their kids who were living at the "New Life Family Shelter" at the time! After a collection of gift cards, the Zambranos coordinated 13 families to be paired up with New Life Families and to take the kids to dinner and then shopping to buy surprises for their own moms which they then gave to them on Mother's Day! Many said it was the first time they had ever been able to buy something special for their mom. It was so much fun to see the excitement as the siblings discussed what their mom would love the most and dash around to select their gifts!!

DELIVERING SUPPLIES TO THE HUMANE SOCIETY



The 7th grade Service Club that Amy started wanted to help animals. So they did a collection and raised money to shop and buy all the supplies they could for donation to the Humane Society in North Miami. The girls were able to fill several cars with their purchases and had a blast selecting what they thought would be the most helpful at the shelter. When they went to deliver, they were given a tour of the shelter and met and played with many of the animals there.

HELPING A LOCAL HOUSEKEEPER WITH TERMINAL CANCER



Alicia is a kind, gentle soul, working with a local Key Biscayne family for many years. Her only daughter, Jennifer (8), was born in the United States and has never known any other life. When Alicia was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she made the choice to move back to rural Mexico to be with her family, and to introduce her daughter to the extended family who would become her guardians once Alicia passed. The Zambranos rallied the Island Angels to help them in many ways, raising over $1500 to help her with her expenses, making a photobook with the help of a professional photographer to have a book for the daughter to not only remember her mother, but also to remember all of her friends and teachers from the school she attended her whole life. A locket was made of a special picture of mom and daughter for both the daughter to keep and for Alicia to wear when she passed. And the two were sent on their first-ever vacation to the Keys, all expenses paid, and with the royal treatment given to them by all who worked in the resort. Some Island Angels became so close with Alicia and Jennifer they had them for Christmas, kept Jennifer through the holidays, etc. It was a beautiful community effort to help a beautiful woman.

COLLECTING BOOKS FOR THE KIDS AT "TOUCHING MIAMI WITH LOVE" TO CREATE THEIR OWN BOOK COLLECTION FOR HOME!



When Overtown's "Touching Miami with Love" afterschool program partnered with Christ Fellowship church to uild/decorate 100 bookshelves so the kids could select one and then fill them with the books they wanted to keep at their house, the Zambranos jumped in to collect books for them! Over 1,000 books were collected and used for the kids to "shop" from! It was a wonderful project to promote the importance of literacy.

DELIVERING IPADS TO THE WOUNDED SOLDIERS IN THE ARMY/NAVY HOSPITAL IN WASHINGTON D.C.



Amy is passionate about raising money for ipads for our troops, some of which are sent overseas to the soldiers fighting on the front lines, facing the most danger, with the lowest morale... others are delivered in person to the severely wounded soldiers (most are double and triple amputees) in our nation's military hospital. On this trip they were joined by Retired General Cartwright. Pictured here, Amy and founder of ipadsforsoldiers.org Winnie Pritchett deliver an ipad to a soldier who was shot in the face and lost his legs while fighting in Afghanistan. She said it was the most memorable and moving experience of her life. (www.ipadsforsoldiers.org)

HOSTING A MOVIE NIGHT TO FUNDRAISE FOR "IPADS FOR SOLDIERS"



"Ipads for Soldiers" is a not-for-profit that is very near and dear to the Zambrano's heart. Besides helping our troops, the org was created by the Zambrano's good friend/ past patient Winnie Pritchett and honors her son/past patient Wes Pritchett, Jr. who recently served a one year tour in the most dangerous part of Afghanistan at 25 years old. He identified ipads to be the one thing that could most help our troops and his mother has dedicated the past couple of years to getting as many of them into the hands of our troops overseas and the severely wounded troops in our hospital as possible. To help raise money, Amy organized a movie night for "The Hunger Games" at the Paragon theater. Almost 300 people joined and raised almost $5000! (www.ipadsforsoldiers.org)

DELIVERY OF GIRLSCOUT COOKIES TO THE FAMILIES OF THE "NEW LIFE FAMILY SHELTER"



This is always a favorite project for both the Zambranos AND the families at the New Life Shelter...GIRLSCOUT COOKIES FOR EVERYONE! The girls love to take their friends and see the smiles on the faces of the kids as they get to pick out all their favorites!!

SENDING CARE PACKAGES TO OUR MEN AND WOMEN OVERSEAS



The Zambranos are very committed to showing our troops that we are always thinking of them and are ETERNALLY thankful for the sacrifices they are making on our behalf. One way they do that is by regularly sending over care packages with all the things that the soldiers put on their wish-lists! They also correspond with them, share photos, etc. while the soldiers are in Afghanistan. Here Peri poses with a stack of packages ready to ship!

THROWING A VALENTINES PARTY FOR THE KIDS AT OVERTOWN'S "TOUCHING MIAMI WITH LOVE"



What's Valentines Day without some gooey cookies and home-made crafts? Amy took Delaney's girlscout troop to host a party for the kids at "TML", including helping them to make a little Valentines gift to take home to their parents. The kids were AWESOME and loved the party and the girls from the troop!

ZAMBRANO'S DELIVER GIRLSCOUT COOKIE CHEER TO HOMELESS FAMILIES!



Peri Zambrano, passing out the cookies to the residents

The Zambrano's took a group of kids from the Key with their family to deliver cases and cases of all of the most popular girlscout cookies to distribute them to the families that are currently residing in the New Life Shelter for homeless families. The kids spent their time there passing out the treats and playing with the adorable kids who were thrilled by the visit!

VOLLEYBALL SPONSORSHIPS!



South FLorida Volleyball Club's 12Blue poses with their trophy


The Key Biscayne Community Center League poses with their cool pink tees!

The Zambranos love to sponsor sports for kids! Pictured here are two recent sponsorships of girls volleyball....they sponsored all ages for travel Club Volleyball league "South Florida Volleyball Club" and the girls volleyball league at the Key Biscayne Community Center. Dr. Zambrano's favorite sport is beach volleyball and it seems his daughters got those genes... they both LOVE their Volleyball!!

MOVIE NIGHT TO BENEFIT "IPADSFORSOLDIERS.ORG"



Wes and Winnie Pritchett (founders of ipadsforsoldiers.org), Delaney, Amy and Jaime Zambrano at the movie night


Kids from Overtown's "Touching Miami with Love" attend movie night after having tickets donated by "Island Angels"

The Zambranos organized a movie night for a showing of the "Hunger Games" at the gorgeous Paragon Theater in Coconut Grove. Half of every ticket purchased benefitted "ipadsforsoldiers.org", a not-for-profit near and dear to their hearts. The org provides iPad 2's to our troops on the front lines in Afghanistan as well as delivering them in person to our severely wounded troops in the DC and San Diego military hospitals. Because the iPads are small/lightweight, they easily fit in their packs, replacing bulky computers, books, cameras, games, etc. Most importantly, the "FaceTime" feature enables them to stay in visual communication with their families back home, and there are even military apps that help the to carry out missions! Additionally, some of Amy's "Island Angel" group donated tickets (32!) for kids from "Touching Miami with Love" (Overtown after school program) to attend the movie night!

PASSING OUT IPADS TO THE WOUNDED SOLDIERS IN THE MILITARY HOSPITAL IN DC!



Amy Zambrano joined creator of the not-for-profit "ipadsforsoldiers.org" Winnie Pritchett, General Cartwright, and Prichett's family to personally deliver 52 ipad 2s to the severely wounded soldiers in recovery at the Army/Navy hospital in Washington DC. The organization was created by Pritchett when her only son, Wes, was deployed to the most dangerous province of Afghanistan last Fall. He reported that the thing the soldiers wanted/needed the most were ipads. Because they are small and light weight, they can easily fit in their packs and taken into missions, replacing bulky computers, books, games, cameras, etc. The "face time" feature enables them to better communicate with their loved ones, and there are even military apps that help their missions! As money is raised, ipads are shipped overseas to the soldiers in the most danger, suffering the most losses, as both a tool to make life easier and a way to show these young men and women that they have not been forgotten, and that we appreciated their sacrifices. Pritchett has raised over $400,000 in less than a year and has delivered over 550 ipads to troops, both hospitalized and overseas. Amy is very passionate about helping this amazing cause. Please visit the website at www.ipadsforsoldiers.org.

HONORING FIREFIGHTERS ON 9/11



The Zambrano's mobilized 11 families from their "Island Angels" community service group to make a huge dinner for the local firefighters in their Key Biscayne department as a way of honoring their sacrifice and commitment to all of us on that special anniversary. Each child (over 20!) hand-made a special "thank you" card and the kids were given a full tour of the facility. It was a special night for both the honorees and the families that honored them!

DELANEY DONATES HER HAIR FOR LOCKS OF LOVE



Getting the cut! 10 inches! for "Locks of Love" (an organization to make wigs for kids with cancer)


Delaney, post-cut, with her best friend, Lauren, who also cut her hair for "Locks of Love"

One of the Zambrano's daughters, Delaney, decided with her best friend Lauren to grow and cut their hair to donate to "Locks of Love", and organization that makes wigs for children with cancer. Here are some pictures of her while getting it cut, and after the cut with Lauren!

OUR KIDS ARE "KIDS WITH HEART"!



Delaney, age 8, is awarded the "Kids with Heart" award!

Our kids are young, but we dedicate a lot of our family time to helping others. Our older daughter, Delaney, was awarded an incredible honor at just 8 years old! Nominated by her aunt, Delaney beat out countless teenagers throughout Miami (yes, she was just 8!) to win the "Kids with Heart" award given to the kid that gives the most back to their community. She has been an active participant in and also has initiated countless philanthropic efforts since she was just 5. She has worked with homeless, foster kids, orphanages, soldiers, the blind, seniors, cut her hair off for "Locks of Love", and many others. She has an inate sense of compassion and compulsion to help others. Her little sister Peri is following in her footsteps! We are so proud of them both!

LIBRARY FOR HOMELESS FAMILIES



Delaney and Peri with some of the kids from the shelter seeing their new library

Doctor Zambrano's family would say that one of their favorite family activities is helping others. Just this year, they took on the project of creating a library at the "New Life Family Shelter" where they had never had one before. "New Life" provides housing, meals, and other assistance to entire families who find themselves homeless. The day the Zambrano's unveiled the library, there were smiles from ear-to-ear on both children and adults alike.

PAY-IT-FORWARD



Delaney and her partner, Eric, with some of the people at "His House" Orphanage

The Zambrano's initiated and funded a "Pay-it-forward" project for the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at St. Christophers Montessori School on Key Biscayne. Amy (Dr. Zambrano's wife) did a presentation on the importance of volunteering, even at a young age. Then kids were paired together and given $100 as "seed" money for the project. The kids were told to select a charity of their choice, contact them to see what was on their wish list, and determine what they would help them to collect (books, diapers, food, etc). They were instructed to "grow" the $100 by asking friends and family to donate some items, holding bake sales, getting businesses to match their purchases, setting up collection boxes in church, etc. Once they had collected all the items, they toured their charity and presented them with the items. They composed letters explaining that they were just doing this to be kind, and that all they asked in return was that the recipients "pay it forward" by doing something for someone else when given the opportunity, thus starting a chain of kindness. Then they all did presentations on their efforts. It was amazing!

ISLAND ANGELS



This is the "Island Angels" logo printed on everything that is dropped-off to someone!

The Zambrano's started their own group of charitable-minded people in their community on Key Biscayne…hence the name "Island Angels". This is a network of people who want to help when their neighbors are in need. When anyone knows of someone going through a hard time (spouse died, had surgery and cant cook/walk dog, house fire, diagnosed with cancer, child sent to war, etc), they "nominate" them to the Zambrano's. The information is sent out to the network and whoever can/wants to help by providing meals, goodies, cards, or other help will jump in and do so. The effort has been so successful that nearly all of the recipients of the "Island Angels" help have asked to join the group to help others!!

MAKEOVERS FOR FOSTER KIDS



Dr. Zambrano helping to paint one of the girl's bedrooms

Casa Valentina is a wonderful organization that provides housing and mentoring for girls who have turned 18 and phased out of the foster care system, but are still unprepared to be on their own. The apartments they live in were old and the interiors/furnishings very run down. The Zambrano's stepped in with a group of wonderful friends and provided makeovers on all 3 apartments in the Coconut Grove building. The girls were wonderful and so appreciative, and the experience was a ton of fun!

ART SHOW FOR "TOUCHING MIAMI WITH LOVE"



Some of the artists from "TML" and patrons

"Touching Miami With Love" ("TML") is one of the Zambrano's very favorite local charity. It is an afterschool program in Overtown that is run with such love and such order…and the kids there are just wonderful and so appreciative to be a part of this phenomenal group! The Zambrano's took their kids to an art show that the teens had at their facility last year…the kids had painted all their own work, made greeting cards, and had photography which they were selling to make money for their summer camp. The Zambrano's were so impressed, they said they would like to bring the beautiful show to their own community of Key Biscayne. This past April, they did. Hundreds of people came to be exposed to these precious kids, their adorable work, and this incredible organization. All of the profits went to helping them with programming, etc, and it was a phenomenal success!

NEW VAN FOR TML



The new TML bus

A key part of "TML's" efforts is that they pick-up all of the kids from the area schools each day and drive the ones who don't have parents pick them up home. So when their old 12 passenger van kept breaking down (not to mention could never fit more than a fraction of the kids at a time), they decided to start to raise the money they would need to get a new, larger, reliable one. When the Zambrano's heard, Amy started a little "online auction" for friends and family where people would donate items/services for the cause (think teeth whitening from Dr. Zambrano, homemade dinners, tennis lessons, financial planning services, etc) and people would email their bids. The auction itself raised $2200 in 3 days, which she was thrilled with! But when family friends the Devaney's heard about the effort, they wanted to give them a check for $20,000 additional which enabled them to purchase the large bus that they had dreamed of!

CHRISTMAS PARTY AT NEW LIFE



Peri with a little boy from "New Life"

Spending the holidays in a family homeless shelter is no fun. The Zambrano's organize an annual holiday party through their school for these kids each year. The school kids at St. Christophers Montessori come together each year to get and stuff stockings for all the kids at "New Life" and then we take the kids that want to go in person to have a party with the kids…full of singing, praying, and of course, passing out those stockings! It is a holiday favorite for the whole family!!

UPDATING "TML"


When the Zambrano's first toured "New Life", the needs were obvious. In the past couple of years, they have reached out to family/friends to find contacts that would be willing to help to update the place and get it looking great! They have helped to procure new carpeting, area rugs, bookcases, trophy case, refrigerators, learning materials, the new van and more! Amy enjoys getting groups that are interested in finding out more about TML together and taking them over for a tour. The Directors of the center, Angel and Jason Pittman, are wonderful people who love to do the tours. If you are interested in joining a future tour, contact Amy at amyjaime@bellsouth.net. (show photos of interior of TML)

COOKIES FOR COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP FOR THE HOMELESS


One of the new charities that the Zambrano's have toured and fallen in love with is "Community Partnership for the Homeless" ("CPH"). This is a shelter that houses from 400-700 homeless men, women and families, and provides meals, education, childcare, etc. The tour is awe-inspiring!! Amy took her girlscouts there to see the facility and learn about the work they do, and while they were there, they passed out girlscout cookies to the residents in the dining hall!

FUN WITH GIRLS FROM "LITTLE HAITI"



Amy and Delaney and members from both Girlscout troops

Our troop had a blast hosting the girlscouts of "Little Haiti" out at Bill Baggs State Park on Key Biscayne. The girls enjoyed nature hikes, a tour of the lighthouse (yep, we climbed to the top!), and a BBQ. It is great for kids from different backgrounds to spend some time and have fun together!! What a wonderful experience for everyone!

MAKING FUN FIELD TRIPS ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE

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A big part of helping others is asking people in a position to do great things to do them! The Zambrano's have organized field trips for the kids from "New Life" and "Touching Miami with Love" to the Key Biscayne Nature Center. These trips are about ½ day trips where the kids are all picked up in a bus, given lunch, and treated to a day of fun and learning about the ocean, the mangroves, and the environment. The kids just love it. Recently they arranged for the kids from "His House" Orphanage to enjoy a night out at the "New World Symphony". And it was a day at the movies for the teens at "TML" when their beach day got rained out! It's always wonderful when these fantastic places will open their hearts and their doors to these kids that need it so much!

BIKE FOR 7 YEAR OLD SHELTER RESIDENT!


Chelsea with her new bike & helmet

When Dr. Zambrano found out that 7-year old Chelsea, a resident at a local family shelter, was about to have a birthday and that a new bike was on the top of her wishlist, he and his family picked-out a brand-new bike with all the bells and whistles! It was a wonderful surprise for a wonderful girl!

WHEELS FOR WUNDERKIDS!


Peri Zambrano and friend Cali with a little resident from the New Life Shelter

The Zambrano's know that a lot of people "upgrade" their kids wheels at Christmas (outgrown bikes, skates, etc). To capitalize on all those "used wheels", they started an initiative called "Wheels for Wunderkids". For several months they collected anything with wheels…bikes, trikes, skates, scooters, skateboards, and all the safety gear that goes with it in the hopes that they could get enough for every child at the "New Life Family Shelter" to select what they wanted. On Saturday, February 19, 2010, they bussed the kids from "New Life" to the big park on Key Biscayne and each child was not only allowed to pick whatever their heart desired, but was able to use it for a couple of hours at the park and then treated to a pizza picnic by the Zambranos. After the picnic, the Zambrano family loaded up all the items into a couple of trucks to deliver them to the shelter. The kids were all standing in the street outside the shelter anxiously awaiting the arrival, and erupted into cheers as the trucks turned the corner! It was an incredible day for all involved.

A GAS GRILL FOR THE RESIDENTS OF THE "NEW LIFE SHELTER"!


Residents of New Life with their new grill

There are lots of families that are living in and passing through the wonderful "New Life Family Shelter" in midtown Miami. They have a small dining room where they are given their meals. The Zambranos thought it would be fun to surprise them with a gas grill that could facilitate big barbecues to get a break from the dining room. They were thrilled!!

HELPING DONNEISHA GET TO WORK!


Donneisha gets a new bike

Donneisha Smith is a hard-working girl who came through a difficult childhood to preserve in college, and ended-up in Miami Beach. She was riding an old bike over 70 blocks each way to a job, and then it was stolen. The Zambrano's showed up the next morning after the theft with a new, reliable bike to surprise her with… she didn't have to miss even an hour of work! Then they took it a step further and created an online auction to raise $3200 as a down payment on a car for her!

AMY AND HER "ISLAND ANGELS" HONORED BY CASA VALENTINA FOR MAKEOVERS!


A group of "Island Angels" with Amy receiving their award

After finishing all the makeovers on the apartments at Casa Valentina (a phenomenal program that takes-in girls that have recently been phased out of Foster Care and are ill-equipped to live on their own), Amy Zambrano and her group of "Island Angels" were honored by them at a lovely luncheon.

PERI AND AMY FOLLOW DELANEY'S FOOTSTEPS AND DONATE FOR "LOCKS OF LOVE"!


Peri Zambrano and friend Carolina before their cut
Amy, Peri and a group of "Island Angels

After being inspired by her older sister who donated her hair to "Locks of Love" a year and a half ago, Peri (now 7) decided last summer that she would like to grow hers to do the same. She asked her mom (Amy!) who agreed to join her. Then Peri's friend and 2 of Amy's friends joined in. In January 2011, they all cut their hair and posed in front of a sign they made that showed the friends and family they were honoring by cutting their hair.

YELLOW RIBBONS FOR WES AND OTHER SOLDIERS!


When the Zambrano's neighbor, Wes Pritchett (graduate of West Point) was deployed to Afghanistan, they wanted to do something to show their family here that we support them and their son, and all the others making such great sacrifices. With a group of helpers, they put giant yellow ribbons, each with a laminated picture of wes, on every tree on their block (the block they share with Wes' parents). The Pritchett family was surprised and touched when they turned down the street to see the gesture. Every time they drive to/from their house and get out to walk their dogs, they are reminded that we all stand with them.

ANIMAL SHOWS FOR THE KIDS!



Instead of spending money buying her friends' birthday presents, Amy spent that money to have an animal show come to visit the wonderful kids at "Touching Miami With Love", an incredible afterschool program in Overtown, and then to do the same show for the kids at "New Life Family Shelter". She surprised her friends having the birthdays by having them show-up at "TML" and see first-hand how much the kids enjoyed this special "in-house" field trip! It was amazing!

HELPING CASA VALENTINA RESIDENT REGISTER AT TARGET FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD SHOPPING SPREE!


When Casa Valentina superstar Pierlus won a local Community Service contest through "Just as Boo", the Zambranos stepped-in to take her to register for all of the items she needed for college, etc. While registering, they found out that the item that Pierlus most wanted and needed to continue her pursuit of her Forensic Science degree was a high-tech digital camera, they bought it for her with all the accessories so she could start using it right away. She was so thankful, and the joy was really the Zambrano's!!

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