Health First teams up with South Brevard Sharing Center to buy more than 400 holiday gifts for children in need


Health First associates shop for toys Thursday morning at Toys "R" Us in Melbourne as part of the South Brevard Sharing Center's Children Without Christmas Toy Drive.

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Health First and 75 of its associates went toy shopping Thursday morning to help make this holiday season special for hundreds of Brevard County children in need.For the second year in a row, Health First partnered with the South Brevard Sharing Center to fulfill holiday wish lists for Brevard County kids and teens in need. Through the Health First Community Benefits Program, Health First associates and volunteers from the Sharing Center went shopping at the Toys “R” Us in Melbourne to purchase more than 400 gifts for the “Children Without Christmas Toy Drive.”

“Health First's dedication to all of Brevard County goes well beyond simply providing health care to those in need," said Health First President & CEO Steve Johnson. “Health First is committed to serving our community and is proud to give back through events like the Sharing Center Toy Drive that helps those in need.”

The gifts included everything from bicycles, Monster High dolls, and of course, Disney’s Frozen accessories to Avengers action figures and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The items were loaded onto the Sharing Center’s truck so they could be delivered to the children before Christmas Day. 

“This event is the highlight of our year,” said Michael Hubler, Executive Director, South Brevard Sharing Center. “There’s nothing better than being able to hand out toys and bring joy to hundreds of area children at Christmas. We’re very blessed to have Health First as a community partner.”

Health First Community Benefits Program works with several non-profit agencies year-round. In 2013, Health First’s support of the community totaled more than $111 million, which included charity and uncompensated care.

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