Heart of Florida United Way wishes to thank the many volunteers and corporate partners who made our first-ever Community Baby Shower a resounding success.
Thanks to terrific support from Target, SunTrust Bank, RBC Bank, Early Learning Coalition, Orange County Public Schools and others, nearly 2,800 infant care items valued at more than $15,000 were donated and distributed to local mothers and infants and need.
Special thanks goes to Target, which generously donated $775 in gift cards that were used to purchase diapers, infant formula, baby apparel and other items. We’re also deeply grateful to SunTrust Bank and SeaWorld Orlando for going the extra mile.
Key to the event’s success were scores of corporate and community volunteers who hosted workplace supply drives. Many also gathered at United Way headquarters on Friday, Dec. 9 when Shamu and Dolly from SeaWorld Orlando were on hand to help sort, assemble and deliver the donations.
In all, enough supplies were collected to fill 388 gift bags, which were distributed to BETA Center; Harbor House of Central Florida; Orange County Healthy Start Coalition; Children’s Home Society of Central Florida; The Howard Philips Center for Children and Families; and Community Health Centers.
Strong Support from Community
“The community support we received was amazing,” said Lorri Highet, Director of the United Way Volunteer Resource Center. “Thanks to the generosity of many outstanding people and organizations, hundreds of Central Florida newborns will have a much a happier, healthier holiday season.”
* The Community Baby Shower supports United Way’s strategic focus on Developing Healthy Children and Families.