April 14, 2015 5:15 PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Walking into the Florida Capitol, more than 100,000 tiny hands and fingers, line the wall representing children from all around the sunshine state.
"They are the future of Florida. This is why we are here. We are building the greatest state in the nation and those little kids walking down right there in their red shirts are the future of this country," said Rep. Gayle Harrell.
On Tuesday, thousands of teachers and children made their way to the capital to celebrate Children's Week.The paper hand cut-outs were dedicated to the legislature, as a reminder of all the little people that are affected by their big decisions.
"These issues that surround children and families are not partisan issues. They are issues that affect all of us, and that all of us care about," said Ted Granger of United Way of Florida.
The 20th annual event had more than 120 organizations representing childhood education, preventing child abuse and juvenile welfare. Kim Wolfe told Eyewitness News she appreciated knowing that so many people could come together to help build up Florida's children.
"When you look at all of those little hands, and then you turn around and you look at the displays for adoption for Florida and keeping our kids healthy; it's just an amazing feeling to know that everybody is working together," Wolfe said.
Organizers for the event said this is the largest amount of participation in the event's history.