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Tampa woman adopts 125 kids from Boys and Girls Club near Seminole Heights

Posted at 4:15 PM, Nov 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-22 16:15:14-05

TAMPA, Fla. — A Tampa woman has adopted 125 kids from the Boys and Girls Club near Seminole Heights, after learning the kids didn't have an annual holiday party planned. 

Carolynn Smith tells ABC Action News she recently learned that The Wilbert Davis Branch Boys and Girls Club did not have a sponsor to adopt the kids this year. 

Smith mentors at the facility located in Belmont Heights -- just minutes from Seminole Heights. 

She said most of the kids at the club live in or around Seminole Heights, where a killer is still on the loose.


"I know it's a strong calling in my life," she said. 

Smith tells us a corporation or a big name usually adopts the kids -- giving them gifts, and a holiday party; however, plans fell through this year. 

"I always live by, you can't help everyone but everyone can help someone," she said. 

Smith is a soon to be mother of two taking on the task of making sure all 125 kids have a gift from a 'wish list' they fill out. 

She said she is in need of sponsors to help: 

  • Food & drink for 125 kids
  • 125 Santa Stockings
  • Candy for their "candy bar" for 125 kids

The Christmas Celebration for the kids already registered at the Boys and Girls club will be held Friday, December 15, 2017.

Smith has been mentoring kids at the club for years, including DeQuan Wilson, now a junior college.

He tells ABC Action News that the gifts given at the party are sometimes the only gift these kids receive for Christmas.

If you're interested in helping, you can adopt a child, or you can help Smith here.

You can reach Smith directly by email at: