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Help Support AFC’s Community Service Project

Submitted by on January 24, 2014 – 10:15 amNo Comment

South Florida State College’s Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) chapter is looking for donations to support Broken Hearts of Florida, an IRS-recognized, nonprofit charity that supports, educates, and connects families affected by congenital heart disease.

Each year at the AFC State Leadership Conference (Jan. 30-31), all 28 community and state colleges come together to support a community service project. This year AFC is supporting Broken Hearts of Florida, which provides care packages for parents and children who are hospitalized for treatment.

Treatment might be open-heart surgery to repair a congenital heart defect (a structural or electrical abnormality in the heart); a heart catheterization to diagnose or repair a heart defect; or an illness like flu or pneumonia, which can be devastating for a child with underlying heart disease. There also are several children at any given time who are in the hospital for long periods of time waiting for a heart transplant.

Donations may be dropped off to Lisa Johnson-Decarie in B 274, Lena Phelps in the Library (Bldg Y), or Melanie Jackson’s in eLearning (Bldg Y). All items must be dropped off by Tuesday, Jan. 28. For more information, please contact Deborah Gutierrez, AFC president, at ext. 7032 or Deborah.gutierrez@southflorida.edu. For more information on Broken Hearts of Florida, visit their website at www.brokenheartsflorida.org.

Broken Hearts is always looking for toys, books, movies, and games to include in its goody bags. These items should be ones that the kids can play with in their hospital rooms and beds. UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital does have a few restrictions on what donators are able to provide, including: toys, books, movies, and games should be new and still in their packaging; for infection control purposes, no stuffed toys or books made with cloth; for allergy control, no latex items, including latex balloons; toys, books, movies, and games must have no religious references or violent themes; children’s movies must be rated G, PG, or PG-13 or video games for PlayStation 3 rated E. Special character items are allowed including Spongebob, Spiderman, Shrek, Dora, Thomas the Train, Elmo, Cars, Planes, Despicable Me, etc. All donated items should be age-appropriate for children ages 0-17.

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