MIAMI – When a group of children from Plantation, Fla.’s Jacaranda Lakes neighborhood heard about the earthquake in Haiti earlier this year, they immediately wanted to help.
They learned of the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation (MCHF) Disaster Relief fund while watching news reports and decided making a contribution to the fund was the best way they could support their Haitian counterparts affected by the devastating quake.
What began as a small bake sale became an all-day event that featured car washes, music, food, lemonade and, of course, cupcakes. The group distributed 500 fliers throughout their neighborhood and raised more than $300 for MCHF.
The children were not satisfied with just sending a check. They wanted to see how the funds they raised could help young patients at Miami Children’s Hospital.
Foundation and Hospital staff invited the group of kids, affectionately known among themselves as the “16th Street Gang,” for a special tour of a LifeFlight ambulance and helicopter to demonstrate how quickly and efficiently first responders can stabilize and transport patients to the Hospital.
The children, accompanied by several parents, delivered a jar filled with money to MCHF President Lucy Morillo-Agnetti.
“It brings tears to my eyes seeing these children come together at such a young age to help others less fortunate than themselves,” Morillo-Agnetti said as she accepted the donation.
“Getting to see how Miami Children’s Hospital and the Foundation help children has been such an eye-opening experience for us and our children,” said Stuart Rosenthal, one of the parents who helped organize the donation effort. “This is something we all will carry forward and continue to build upon when the need to help others arises, which we all know is always.”
Companies and individuals interested in donating to the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation Disaster Relief Fund and providing aid to children in need may do so two different ways:
1. Visit www.mchf.org/donate and follow the prompts. MAKE SURE YOU DIRECT YOUR DONATION TO A FUND AND ENTER THE WORD HAITI IN THE APPROPRIATE FIELD. You may make a donation with a credit card, or mail a check.
2. Text the word “CHILDREN” to 85944 and a $5 donation will be automatically added to your cell phone bill. Make sure you respond “yes” to the reply message.*
Donors who have questions should contact Alexandra Salcedo at 786.268.1746.
ABOUT MIAMI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation is a not-for profit 501 (C) (3) established to create a world-class pediatric hospital so no child need leave South Florida for superior medical care. “Funding World-Class Care” and following the principle that all children deserve state-of-the-art pediatric care with no financial boundaries, the Foundation helped 289-bed Miami Children’s Hospital become a leader in pediatric healthcare with more than 40 subspecialties, the largest pediatric neurology center in the United States, a top provider of cardiology and neonatology services, and a Research Institute conducting in excess of 150 clinical trials and protocols.
Miami Children’s Hospital is one of 170 pediatric hospitals in North America affiliated with Children’s Miracle Network and South Florida’s only freestanding Hospital dedicated exclusively to children. To learn more about the Foundation and offer support, visit www.mchf.org, become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MCHFoundation or call 305-666-2889 (toll free: 800-987-8701).
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*Text “children” to 85944 and send a $5 gift of health to the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. A one-time donation of $5 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Messaging and data rates may apply. You must reply YES to the confirmation message in order to complete the donation. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of “Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation Disaster Relief Fund” by the Mobile Giving Foundation and are subject to the terms found at www.hmgf.org/t. You may unsubscribe at any time by replying STOP to short code 85944; Reply HELP to 85944 for help.