Families Lend a Hand to Help Sick Children
By Cassie Bouldin
CLEARWATER - Good Samaritans, here is an opportunity to help out a sick child. A charity event in Clearwater will benefit All Children's Hospital and children nationwide suffering from hair loss caused by cancer, alopecia, or burns.
The first annual "Families Helping Children" event takes place on Saturday, March 30th. Event goers will donate hair to Locks of Love and stuff charity bears with encouraging messages for sick children staying at All Children's Hospital.
"Not everyone has 10 inches of hair to donate, but everyone can participate in this event," says Jennifer Burnett, the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center of Pinellas County and the Kent Center. "This is all about appreciating your own healthy family and about helping those who aren't as fortunate."
Supercuts of Dunedin is donating free haircuts to all who participate. In addition, Wells Fargo Insurance Services donated a variety of Charity Bears for stuffing. Everything from Moose to Duck, to Kitten to Cow can be filled with a loving message.
"It's very important to teach children at young age that they can help others just with a word of support and compassion," adds Burnett. "Children often find that giving can be just as fun as receiving."
Children can have their faces painted and enjoy gender-appropriate arts and crafts in addition to helping charity.
This event will be held at the Gold Meir/Kent Jewish Center located at 2010 Greenbriar Blvd. in Clearwater from noon-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 30th. It is sponsored by the Jewish Community Centers of Pinellas and the Kent Center.
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