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Beneficiaries

2015 RSFMCC Beneficiaries

The Rittenhouse Square Flower Market for Children’s Charities is proud to announce that the following organizations have been selected as beneficiaries for the 2015 Market:

THE CENTER FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN: Started in 1995, the organization provides free services to children who have lost a loved one, along with their families. Children who do not grieve in healthy ways frequently develop emotional problems like depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem which can inhibit academic achievement and lead to disengagement from school, family and community. Funds from the Flower Market will be used to support the Center-Based groups, where children and their families come to group sessions in three locations in Philadelphia: East Falls, West Philadelphia and South Philadelphia; as well as Community-Based groups, eight-week sessions, currently located at 20 public and charter schools throughout the city.  For more information:  www.grievingchildren.org

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HMS SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY: Founded in 1882 as the first home in the country to care for and educate poor children with physical disabilities, the school is a day and residential program for children with neurological disorders that focuses on helping each child work towards independence through various therapies and educational goals. Currently there are 58 students enrolled, ages 6-21. Funds from the Flower Market will be used for the Educational Technology Fund, supporting the purchase of iPads, computers, smartboards, and software. The goals of these purchases would be to expose students to a wide variety of technologies, allowing for increased independence, identifying a way for every child to communicate, ensuring that the school remains up-to-date with technology equipment and software, and providing staff with professional development. For more information:  www.hmsschool.org

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LITTLE SMILES PA, INC.:  This organization provides a year-round multi-dimensional effort to enhance the lives of area children who are ailing in a hospital, hospice or shelter. They fulfill the needs of 400 children/year with gifts and experiences. Requests come from the child’s caregiver, nurse or social worker, and they are the ones who deliver the gifts. Funds from the Flower Market will be used to fulfill approximately 20 requests or 16 special treats, where the organization brings pizza and other treats to their partner hospitals for children on a monthly basis, all of which put a smile on the faces of critically ill children.  For more information:  www.littlesmiles.org

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ST. CHRISTOPHER’S FOUNDATION FOR CHILDREN:  This is an independent, not-for-profit corporation that is not owned by or affiliated with St Christopher’s Hospital for Children, but supports the tradition of pediatric community medicine and social service established by the hospital, and serves children in the North Philadelphia area where the hospital is located. Projects include Community Oral Health Initiatives, Farm to Families programs (a food access initiative), and fundraising for patients and families at the hospital which is not a part of the hospital’s ordinary patient care. Funds from the Flower Market will be used in the Community Oral Health Initiatives, through the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile and other outreach and educational programs, to procure dental materials and supplies. The Care Mobile provides dental screenings and treatment for over 2,300 children annually, who have no dentist. These treatments include cleanings, fluoride application, sealants, fillings and crowns, thereby preventing severe tooth decay and other serious medical issues linked to lack of oral health care.  For more information:  www.scfchildren.org

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