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Food basket distribution held in Little Havana

CAMACOL gives away 3,000 baskets

MIAMI – The annual CAMACOL food basket distribution was held Wednesday. Hundreds of people were lined up for hours in the morning to get their hands on one of the thousands of baskets being given away. 

Earlier this month, CAMACOL distributed 3,000 tickets on a first-come, first-served basis to those interested in receiving a basket. The actual basket distribution happened Wednesday.

Some people said they had lined up for a week to get their hands on the feast that is worth about $120.

"The mojito -- look it here, we have coffee. Oh my God, this is wonderful," Juanita Alvarez said while looking through the basket.

"I'm going to be helping other people. I'm going to go around giving to others that need it," Gianna Fredric said.

The baskets were put together by volunteers from Publix, Sedanos and Iberia Foods and was led by the Latin Chamber of Commerce, which has hosted the event for 30 years.

"We have a lot of need in this community, and we like to provide this every holiday," Mercy Saladrigas of the Latin Chamber of Commerce said. 

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, his wife and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera attended the event.

"Everybody that has been involved -- it is a time of giving (and) it is great they do this every year," Scott said.