The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County and Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay will distribute 3,500 COVID-19 Safety Kits to families in Hillsborough County
Tampa, FL (October 13, 2021) – As of September 17th, 2021, there were 3,485,163 Cumulative COVID-19 cases in the state of Florida, according to Florida Department of Health. In Hillsborough County specifically, since March 1, 2021, there have been 228,982 COVID-19 cases.
The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County has partnered with Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay (RTTB) to bring 3,500 Respiratory COVID-19 Safety Kits to families across Hillsborough County. RTTB’s COVID-19 Safety Kits combat the spread of COVID-19 among children and their families. John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital says it has seen one of the highest increases in COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, with cases in children nearly tripling last month. Each Safety Kit includes face masks, hand sanitizers, hand soap, and thermometers.
“Covid-19 has impacted many children and families in Hillsborough County; having access to these tools saves lives. As the Delta Variant continues to spread throughout our community it is imperative that we provide preventative tools to decrease the spread of the coronavirus, according to Kelley Parris, Executive Director with the Children’s Board.”
“These kits are an additional service of Rebuilding Together Safe and Healthy Homes™ Program, which offers free critical home repairs to families with children experiencing allergy and asthma symptoms. By creating a safe and healthy home environment, we improve the health and wellbeing of the child and their family and decrease asthma, allergies, and preventable illnesses. Our COVID-19 kits extend that healthy environment into our community, to keep children safe inside and outside their homes.” said, Jose Garcia, Executive Director”
Respiratory COVID-19 Safety Kits will be passed out at each of the 7 Children’s Board of Hillsborough County Resource Centers to any Hillsborough County resident until supplies last.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 11: 00a.m
WHERE: 5892 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa FL 33617
VISUALS: 500 Covid-19 Prevention Kits available for children and families in Hillsborough County residents at the Doretha Wynn Edgecomb Children’s Board Family Resource Center in Temple Terrace
INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Board Chair with the Children’s Board Andy Mayts, Executive Director Kelley Parris, Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay Board President Jerry Mason, Executive Director Jose Garcia, and Children’s Board Family Resource Center Director Tyheshia Scott.
ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY:
The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County proudly serves children and families. Created by the voters in 1988, the organization provides funding for services and supports on behalf of children, with an emphasis on pregnant women and children birth to age eight. In fiscal year 2017, we invested $30 million in more than 90 local nonprofit agencies. The strategic focus of the Children’s Board is to work with organizations who share a common vision of offering support to children so they can lead a healthy, safe, and productive life, which makes a difference for all residents of Hillsborough County. For more information, visit www.childrensboard.org.
ABOUT REBUILDING TOGETHER TAMPA BAY:
Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay (RTTB) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free critical home repairs, accessibility modifications, and energy-efficient upgrades for homeowners in need. RTTB primarily works with low-income families, children with asthma and other respiratory conditions, veterans, the elderly, victims of disasters, and persons with disabilities. The organization also constructs new affordable housing, known for homes that not only reflect the character of the community but also have the same quality of design and features as market-rate housing. RTTB relies on the support of corporate sponsors, public grants, individual donors, and the hands-on work of hundreds of volunteers and skilled laborers each year. Founded in 2000, RTTB has rehabilitated more than 1500 homes in the Tampa Bay area, investing more than $8 million into safe, healthy, and affordable homes.