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Spirit of giving alive on Florida Campus

12/21/2012 (Archived)

Florida holiday spirit 2012Everywhere you look, the spirit and generosity to help people in need is clearly evident on the campus and clinics of the Florida Campus. Students and staff have collected and contributed dozens upon dozens of Christmas gifts that will surely put a smile on the faces of adults and children alike. 

For the seventh consecutive year, Palmer’s Florida Campus is participating in the Adopt a Child program benefiting the Community Partnership for Children. Community Partnership for Children cares for more than 1,400 children each year who have been victims of abuse or neglect. They partner with providers and local citizens to restore families and connect children with loving homes. Since 2001, Community Partnership for Children has been the lead agency selected to serve Volusia, Flagler and Putnam Counties. Adopt a Child helps children in care who are in need of assistance with gifts. 

“The program is led by the Port Orange South Daytona Rotary to help children who have been removed from their home and placed in temporary care," said Cheryl Shaw, Human Resources Manager, who coordinates the program. “It is a wonderful program and we are proud to be a part of it again this year!"

Florida Campus spirit 2012In a separate initiative conducted primarily by students, bins were placed throughout the Port Orange Clinic where anyone, including patients, could drop off toys for the local Toys for Tots campaign. The participation of students was remarkable, with more than 300 toys contributed--200 of those through the PSAF led program. Top contributors were Class 142 with 108% participation, followed by Class 144 with 79% and Class 154 with 56% of students participating. 

PSAF planned to deliver some of the gifts to the various Toys for Tots drop off sites around the Port Orange community.