BREVARD COUNTY – Around Thanksgiving time, people stop to reflect and give thanks for what they have. This, in turn, makes people also think about giving back.

“I have a friend [Elise Brown] who works directly with the homeless,” said Zumba instructor, Jo Seteroff. “She knows a lot of people in the homeless community.” Ms. Brown delivers more than 120 meals per day to the area’s homeless.

“Initially, I used to do dog rescue by feeding the dogs in the woods. We would always carry coats and sleeping bags, ponchos, umbrellas and give them out randomly whenever we saw people,” Ms. Brown said.

Ms. Brown’s work with the homeless took off from there.

“I ran into a lady who was delivering hot meals from a restaurant in Cocoa, and I ended up taking the run five nights a week,” she said. “Right now, I’m working out of my garage and am desperately looking for a storage unit to keep the donations.”

Ms. Seteroff decided to help her friend’s efforts by hosting a “Helping the Homeless” Zumba beach event, at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22, at Satellite Beach’s Pelican Beach park.

Ms. Seteroff, along with nine other Zumba instructors, will offer a free one-hour Zumba workout on the beach, which will be capped at 50 participants. Tables will be set up in the parking lot for donations.

Sleeping bags, tents, sneakers, warm jackets, small bottles of complimentary shampoo, plastic take-out forks and spoons are requested.

The event is free of charge, but Ms. Seteroff asks that participants donate crew or sport socks, new or gently-worn.

“We are in need of winter coats right now and sleeping bags, too” Brown said. “The homeless don’t mind if the clothes have a tear in them. They just need dry clothes. We are also looking for people to vet a dog as the homeless also have their animals.”

“There’s a lot more homeless people living in their cars. It’s a lot worse than it was last year,” Ms. Brown said.

To register, email Seteroff at, or go to the Brevard Outdoor Zumba Group Facebook page.

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