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2009 Beneficiaries

1    LINCOLN DAY EDUCATIONAL CENTER Located in South Philadelphia, this organization has been providing day care services since 1889.  Pre-school and before and after school supportive services are provided for low-income working parents or parents in training programs.  Funds from the Flower Market will be used to create a completely accessible building including ramped entrances, so they can better serve children supported by early intervention services, as well as after school students who require accessible facilities.  They are returning to the Flower Market after an absence since 2003.

2    LITTLE SMILES – This organization is 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 these children with toys, games, videos, computers, outings, special events, limousine transportation, event tickets, specialty dinners, celebrity meets and greets for children in local hospitals, hospices and shelters.  They consult with the medical, outreach and social work professionals to determine these needs.  Funds from the Flower Market will be used toward the renovation of the playrooms in the pediatric wings of Bryn Mawr and Chester County Hospitals, as well as the aforementioned enhancements   They are a first-time beneficiary of the Flower Market.  www.littlesmiles.org

3.    OVERBROOK SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND The school serves 209 children from 3-21 who are blind or visually impaired as well as 180 babies in the community, one of the fastest growing populations of visually impaired due to increased survival of premature infants through improved medical technology.  Funds from the Flower Market will go toward the school’s Early Intervention Outreach Program for infants and toddlers (birth – 5), providing instruction to families to help them work with their children, advocate for the child’s education, and improve the child’s quality of life.  They are a first-time beneficiary of the Flower Market.

4.    STOP CHILD ABUSE NOW, INC. (SCAN) This organization specializes in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect, providing home-based services, including counseling, behavioral support, education, life skill support, crisis intervention, daycare services and immunization assistance, primarily in South, West and Southwest Philadelphia.  Funds from the Flower Market will be used in the organization’s SCAN-TAP (Treatment and Prevention) daycare centers for children whose parents are in outpatient substance abuse programs, and ABC’s (Academic Behavioral Connections) After School Program, held at Bryant Elementary school in West Philadelphia.  The funds will provide food, snacks, educational and artistic supplies to promote creative expression for 50 children in these programs.  They are a first-time beneficiary of the Flower Market.

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