NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2012) — In December, 88 Pasco County children and their families celebrated Christmas early – and in a big way – thanks to the Pasco Pediatric Foundation (PPF).
PPF’s eighth annual event, held this year at Sea Forest’s clubhouse in New Port Richey on Dec. 15, featured holiday activities – like decorating cookies and stockings – and giving gifts to kids who may not find presents under the tree Christmas morning.
“What makes this event so special is we shop from wish lists that the kids provide,” said Heidi Tuttle-Beisner, President of the PPF. “They were so excited when they opened those presents because they got what they really wanted.”
In addition to gifts, the kids also received jackets and Payless ShoeSource gift cards. PPF also gave families HoneyBaked Ham Company gift cards to purchase holiday dinners.
Pasco Pediatric Foundation’s gifts were primarily funded by the proceeds of its annual Filthy Fun Run, a 5K mud run held in Spring Hill, Fla., in November.
In addition to its annual holiday party, PPF funds prescription vouchers for children in need of medication, college scholarship aid for high school seniors, and special requests for children in need.
About Pasco Pediatric Foundation
The Pasco Pediatric Foundation, Inc., is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit tax-exempt charitable organization founded in 1995. Our mission is to raise and distribute funds to children and young adults who need assistance with medical, emotional, physical, and educational needs not otherwise met by existing federal, state, and local services and organizations in Pasco County. For more information, visit www.pascokids.org.