The Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida's Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care (PPEC) unit will enjoy a special Winter Festival on Friday, Dec. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Santa will be on hand to distribute donated gifts from the HealthPark Care Center staff, Hadinger's Carpet and the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority will be distributed by Santa.
On Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., volunteers from the Food and Nutritional Services Department held an ice cream social at each hospital campus where folks had the opportunity to make and enjoy their favorite ice cream sundae while supporting special care for special kids. Proceeds will be donated to PPEC to purchase holiday gifts for the children.
This year, through the generosity of the Whispering Pines Clydesdales, parents and children will be treated to horse-drawn carriage rides.
The PPEC unit is a friendly and nurturing place for children who require healthfocused care and therapy services during the day. In addition to the complex day-to-day care necessary for children with special medical needs, PPEC children also receive the benefits of socialization and peer stimulation. Parents have peace of mind too, because they know that when their children are away from home, they receive tender loving care from medical professionals, officials said.
PPEC even offers transportation services for eligible children, making it easier for parents to go to work, go to school or take an ill child's siblings to school each day.