Founded in 2011, the Amici Charity aims to keep residents of Polk County above the poverty level by assisting financially struggling individuals and families.
Tony and Judy Senzamici created the non-profit organization to promote financial independence by contributing directly to people in need.
Polk County’s unemployment rates are 1.2 percent higher than Florida’s average, and many families live paycheck to paycheck to pay for basic necessities including food and electricity.
“We try to be helpful and give them a handout to get back on their feet and get things going again,” Judy Senzamici said.
The Senzamici’s son Anthony, a full time student at Florida Southern, is also a part of the foundation as he helps coordinate and work at all Amici events.
Lakeland resident Jamie, a stay at home young mother of two, found herself in a precarious financial situation after her husband was killed in a car accident.
“I had to explain to them (the children) how there was not enough money for us to have Christmas presents for us to open on Christmas Day,” Jamie said. “How do you tell your kids that not only will their Dad not be there for Christmas, but they will not get any gifts?”
Amici learned of Jamie’s situation and reached out asking what they could do to be of assistance. The charity delivered a turkey dinner and presents for Jamie’s family on Christmas Day, which is something she would not able to have provided.
Amici takes donations from individuals and is sponsored by Cannon, Munchel’s Fine Jewelry, Joseph Motors and Five Stones Church.
Amici is hosting its 2nd annual BikeFest this coming Saturday from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. at Lakeland Harley Davidson. The event will include games, a silent auction, contests, hamburgers and hotdogs.
“Right now we’re in the opportunity and in a position where we’re able to help other people and we feel really blessed to be able to do these things,” Tony Senzamici said.