Christmas in July celebration

  • From left, Schneider Jean, 14, and his sister, Franceska Jean, 10, enjoy lunch at the Miami Rescue Center's annual Christmas in July celebration on Thursday, July 25, 2013. The centers in Hollywood and Pompano also held celebrations for the homeless. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Benjamin Verna, left, 6, and his brother, Benedict, 8, take a break from volunteering with their dad, Serge, a nursing student, at the annual Christmas in July celebration on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the Miami Rescue Center. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Cousins Amelia Davis, left, 11, and Doniaya Collins, 11, received shoes as gifts at the annual Christmas in July celebration held Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the Miami Rescue Center. The centers in Hollywood and Pompano also held celebrations. Included were showers, free haircuts and hygiene products and clothing such as the new sneakers for more than 600 children. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Jada Fannin, 6, enjoys the Miami Rescue Center's annual Christmas in July celebration on Thursday, July 25, 2013. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Alfred Crawford, 59, gets a hair cut from Breyli Cuevos at the annual Christmas in July celebration on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the Miami Rescue Center. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Nikolas Plant, right, 9, along with his mom, Carolina Plant, left, help serve hot dogs at the Miami Rescue Center's annual Christmas in July celebration on Thursday, July 25, 2013. The South Miami family volunteers every year, and their business, Best Sub Shop, donates shoes to the event. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • James Monfleury, 6, dances with Billy the Marlin at the Miami Rescue Center's annual Christmas in July celebration on Thursday, July 25, 2013. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Eddie Brown, left, holds a Body Mass Index machine, while Miami Dade College nursing student Nadege Olesco checks the reading at the Miami Rescue Center's annual Christmas in July celebration on Thursday, July 25, 2013. Fifty nursing students and five faculty members were on hand to give free medical screenings. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Alex Gonzalez, left, one of the 50 nursing students from Miami Dade College, checks the blood pressure of Charles Conley, right, at the Miami Rescue Center's annual Christmas in July celebration, which was held Thursday, July 25, 2013, 2020 NW 1st Ave. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Santa Claus, left, played by Jim Mickle, was on hand to bring cheer to children like Scarlet Jean, 1, held by her mom, Grace Sullivan, at the annual Christmas in July celebration on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the Miami Rescue Center. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Volunteer Lillian Bermudez, left, serves lunch at the Miami Rescue Center's annual Christmas in July celebration on Thursday, July 25, 2013. The celebration included a picnic with all the trimmings, live entertainment and even an appearance from Santa Claus. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Scarlett Jean, 1, opens her new pair of shoes at the annual Christmas in July celebration on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the Miami Rescue Center. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Volunteers visiting Miami on a mission from Flint Groves Baptist Church in Gastonia, North Carolina help sort, wrap and hand out shoes for children at the Miami Rescue Center's annual Christmas in July celebration on Thursday, July 25, 2013. More than 600 pairs of shoes were given away at the Rescue Centers in Miami, Hollywood and Pompano. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Volunteers from Flint Groves Baptist Church in Gastonia, North Carolina Abby Jarrell, Stacie Newton and Sara Jarrell take a break from handing out bottled water at the Miami Rescue Center's annual Christmas in July celebration on Thursday, July 25, 2013. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF