Health First Network helps to support the Fricker Community Center's Children's Christmas Event

January 6, 2009

Creatively and energetically, Health First Network staff helped harness resources to support a Children's Holiday Party on December 20, 2008, at the Fricker Community Center. Called on to support a Children's Christmas Event for approximately 200 youth and their families, who attend the Fricker Community Center's After-School Program, Health First Network coordinated with partner healthplans, VISTA, HealthEase and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, to provide an enjoyable, memorable event for what turned out to be over 350 children and their families. The event included singing Christmas Carols, the reading of the Bethlehem Christmas Story by a local pastor, Christmas gifts for each child attending, a visit with Santa Claus, school supplies for each child for the remainder of the school year, a healthy snack, and a variety of games and music for the children to participate in.

The Fricker Community Center is located in an area where the children face obstacles and life changing challenges on a daily basis. The staff at the Community Center faced a lack of resources for the Holiday Event. Health First Network learned of the need during a meeting of the Unite Escambia's Health Solution Team. The Fricker Center is participating in the Team's "We Can" program to provide health education, nutrition information and better preventive health resources to the children at the Community Center.

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