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VHHS students donate $25K to Children's Harbor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | January 15, 2016

Students held up signs with encouraging words during the assembly as a show of support to patients at Children's of Alabama. VESTAVIA 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.

"Our 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."

The 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.