Did you know AAA projects 48.7 million Americans will travel this Thanksgiving season with more than 43.5 million traveling at least 50 miles from home? This is the highest number of Thanksgiving travelers that the United States has seen since 2007—the year before the Great Recession. While it’s no surprise that Thanksgiving is among the…
Giving Back while Giving Thanks
November 25, 2016
In preparation for Thanksgiving, Brightline co-sponsored (for the second year in a row) the Overtown Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway on Friday, November 18, 2016. Held at Reeves Park in Overtown, 500 families received a Thanksgiving turkey, along with some of the fixings for a holiday dinner such as sweet potatoes, corn, collard greens, biscuit mix and spices.
Brightline was proud to work in conjunction with City of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, Miami City Commission Chairman Keon Hardemon and the Overtown Neighborhood Enhancement Team (N.E.T.), as well as DIBIA Dream, Miami Worldcenter, Top Value and the Richard Hallman Foundation. Hot 105 FM was also on site providing the tunes to get everyone in a holiday mood.
Brightline employees handed out the turkeys in bright yellow bags. Commission Chairman Hardemon also stepped in, greeted residents and helped to distribute the turkeys. Residents young and old were happy to receive the Thanksgiving meal and many stayed, listened to the music and enjoyed the great South Florida fall weather.
“People need an opportunity to provide their families with good food,” Chairman Hardemon said. “Anytime you can help them do that is special. We are happy to have the support of our community partner, Brightline, in helping our residents have a wonderful holiday meal.”
Making a difference in our communities is a core value for Brightline. The company is committed to continuing its stewardship in the community and investing in our future neighborhoods. Brightline’s new headquarters will be located at 3 MiamiCentral in Overtown at the corner of NW 2nd Avenue and NW 6th Street. The building will include mixed-use development with retail, commercial office space and parking.
Currently, the 12-story building is topped out and work continues on glass installation, interior fittings and painting. 3 MiamiCentral is expected to be completed in the spring when Brightline will move its office into the space and become a permanent resident of Overtown
Also last week, Brightline employees joined parent company Florida East Coast Industries as they sponsored a lunch for residents of the Chapman Partnership, a local non-profit organization that works to empower homeless men, women and children to build a positive future by providing the resources and assistance critical to growth and independence.
FECI and Brightline employees about to serve lunch for Chapman Partnership residents.
Brightline is proud to support our communities and to be providing a smarter way to travel – through passenger train service — throughout South Florida, connecting the urban cores of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Arriving in summer 2017, Brightline is the Florida train that is reimagining travel and will provide fast, convenient service in comfortable, well-appointed trains.
On To The Next Stop...
Once in service in 2017, Brightline will provide an express, safe, relaxing, intercity train travel option for commuters and vacationers in one of the most populous and visited regions of the United States. With stations in the heart of downtown Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, it will facilitate improved access to cultural and…