VHHS students donate $25K to Children's Harbor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | January 15, 2016
HILLS, Ala. (VHCS) -- Patients at Children's of Alabama will receive a
special gift this year thanks to the fundraising efforts of students at
Vestavia Hills High School.
The high school's Student
Government Association on Thursday presented a $25,000 check and other
gifts to Children's Harbor, an organization supporting the hospital's
seriously ill children and their families.
The money will be
used, in part, to deliver Beanie Babies to each child admitted through
the department of general patient admission at Benjamin Russell Hospital
for Children in 2016. The Beanie Babies will include a tag bearing the
logo of Children's Harbor and Vestavia Hills High School with directions
to the Children's Harbor Family Center and a list of resources
available to families, the organization announced Thursday.
partnership with Vestavia Hills High School is inspiring," Children's
Harbor CEO Myrle Grate said Thursday. "If all of our supporters were as
passionate, focused and committed as these students, we would change the
outcome of every seriously ill child in the state of Alabama."
donation represents the culmination of the high school's annual fall
philanthropy drive, spearheaded by the SGA. Through activities such as
powder-puff football and a homecoming barbecue competition, the school
managed to raise thousands of dollars in just a few short months to
support Children's Harbor.
"The response has been really big," SGA President Ashlyn Lovell said Thursday.
"Children's Harbor is very well known here, and we have some students
who remembered Children's Harbor from time they had to spend at the
hospital when they were younger.
"It was awesome to see the student body get behind this effort and raise so much money," Lovell added.