Earlier this week, The Center for Family Safety and Healing (TCFSH) and Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation and Development Board had the opportunity to give back to clients by hosting an annual holiday party at St. Charles Preparatory Academy. The celebration was for those who participate in TCFSH home visitation programs: Nurse-Family Partnership and Healthy Families America.
Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) provides nurse home visitation to first-time, low-income mothers, from early pregnancy up to the child’s second birthday. The program is designed to improve pregnancy outcomes by encouraging preventative health practices that enhance maternal and child health outcomes.
The Ohio Healthy Families America program at TCFSH provides home visitation to first-time, low-income mothers and fathers from pregnancy until the child’s third birthday. The program is designed to ensure that children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. The goals of the program are to increase healthy pregnancies, improve child health, development and readiness, improve parent confidence and increase family connection to community and social support.
Families were able to enjoy a festive evening with their children. Santa and Mrs. Claus were available for photos, and children received a variety of wrapped gifts to help with development, such as puzzles, memory games, blocks and more.
Along with new toys, families received pajamas from our annual PJs and Eggs event. On October 26, 2017, select Columbus-area restaurants partnered with Ohio Poultry Association (OPA) to give back to local families. Eleven restaurants teamed up, serving breakfast for dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Guests were asked to bring new kids’ pajamas (size newborn to 12 years), and in return, guests would receive a free dozen local eggs. TCFSH was the beneficiary of more than 1,700 donated PJs. Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation presented dozens of boxes of PJs to TCFSH in early November. The Foundation was the beneficiary of all cash donations, which totaled $2,000.
Because of a caring, giving community, our clients were able to receive pajamas for their children just in time for winter weather.
TCFSH staff had a great time hosting the party and spreading the holiday cheer to hundreds of parents, grandparents, relatives and children. To protect and respect client privacy, no photos were taken of party attendees. Here are a few quick snapshots of the venue, decor and gift wrapping:
If you’re looking for a way to give back to your community this season, please consider donating to TCFSH. Our clients are in need of diapers (all sizes), baby wipes, gift cards for groceries and gas, and personal hygiene products such as deodorant, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste and more. Donations are accepted year-round, and can be dropped off to our building at 655 E. Livingston Avenue, or purchased online via our Amazon Wish List. We’ve pre-selected items that we need, and any that you choose to donate will be shipped directly to us. Please give back this season! Take a look at the complete Wish List here: bit.ly/TCFSH_Wish_List
If you know someone who may want to enroll in the no-cost Nurse-Family Partnership program, please click here for more information: http://familysafetyandhealing.org/programs-and-services/prenatal-early-intervention-services/nurse-family-partnership/
For more details on Healthy Families America and enrollment, please click here: http://familysafetyandhealing.org/programs-and-services/prenatal-early-intervention-services/help-me-grow/
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