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‘Car Seats That Care’

National Junior Honor Society students at Falcon Cove Middle School in Weston have been busy selling Domino’s coupon cards, but it’s not because they’re hungry for pizza.    


Falcon Cove Middle School National Junior Honor Society


Students used the discount cards to fuel a fundraising campaign for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation. Their efforts resulted in a $5,000 donation that will be used to purchase car seats for needy families that wouldn’t otherwise have a safe way to transport small children.


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“We see lots of children that come that are injured and their families don’t have an age-appropriate car seat installed, either because they don’t have the financial resources or the knowledge of their importance,” said Dr. Oliver Lao, medical director for pediatric trauma at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. “It can be a vicious cycle when kids don’t have a car seat to keep them safe after being discharged from the hospital and injuries keep happening.”

 

Dr. Lao, whose daughter, Isabella, is the president of the National Junior Honor Society at Falcon Cove, says it’s the goal of the “Car Seats that Care” program that every child leaves the children’s hospital in a properly-fitted, properly installed car seat.

 

This is the fourth consecutive year Falcon Cove honor society students have made a $5,000 donation during the time the school has participated in the Joe DiMaggio All-Stars program. Previous contributions have supported the pediatric facility’s expansion, equipment used in its Child Life Zone, art, and bibliotherapy programs. “The kids at our school are very selfless and very giving,” said Stella Stringer, the faculty advisor to Falcon Cove’s honor society. “They just want to help kids, so it’s very easy for them to be motivated and inspired to help Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital because they’ve been treated there, know of someone who has, or know the reputation of the hospital.”  


Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital & Falcon Cove Middle School reps

 

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital (www.jdch.com) is one of the nation’s leading pediatric hospitals, offering a comprehensive scope of healthcare services and programs in a caring, compassionate setting designed specifically for children. A level one trauma center, it combines advanced technology, the expertise of board-certified specialists, and a patient and family-centered approach to heal the body, mind, and spirit of those it touches.

 

The hospital’s nonprofit foundation focuses on philanthropy to positively impact patients, families, and underwrite programs, facilities, and equipment that support the pediatric facility’s mission.

 

To learn more about Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, visit jdch.com and connect with @jdchospital on Facebook, X, YouTube, and Instagram.  


By ML Staff. Images courtesy of Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital


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