HEALTH FIRST FOUNDATION: After Giving Thanks…Let’s Give TUESDAY

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Health First 2021 #GivingTuesday Campaign Seeks “Guardian Angels” To Support Compassionate Care Fund

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – There are a lot of special “days” lining the calendar over the next week – Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, College Football Rivalry Day …. Cyber Monday. But an oft-overlooked, yet tremendously important day also occurs this Tuesday … #GivingTuesday.

Health First is once again participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations. The movement encourages philanthropy and celebrates generosity worldwide.

Held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday will take place this year on Tuesday, Nov. 30 and was designed, in part, to kick off the holiday giving season by inspiring people to collaborate on improving their local communities and give back in impactful ways, through charities and causes they support.

“GivingTuesday affords Health First the opportunity, during this season of Thanksgiving, to garner the collective and compassionate power of our community to help those most in need,” said Michael Seeley, President, Health First Foundation.

“Our associates and the Brevard community at-large never fail to step forward with the willingness to help others. Any and every amount goes a very long way, so we encourage everyone to take a moment on this special day to make an impact.”

“GivingTuesday affords Health First the opportunity, during this season of Thanksgiving, to garner the collective and compassionate power of our community to help those most in need,” said Michael Seeley, President, Health First Foundation.
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Want to know more about “GivingTuesday and how you can help Health First improve care in Brevard County? Read on:

■ How can my gift help?

According to the 2020 U.S. Census, 13% of Brevard County residents, which is roughly 78,250 adults, ages 18 to 65, are uninsured. These individuals could be our friends, family and neighbors who are struggling to afford everyday living expenses and pay out- of-pocket for medical needs.

The Compassionate Care Fund depends upon the generosity of individuals who understand that a little compassion goes a long way. For instance, a $40 gift could support prescription assistance; a $110 gift could support medical devices and equipment; and a $300 gift goes a long way to support medical transportation.

Health First is once again participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations. The movement encourages philanthropy and celebrates generosity worldwide.

■ What is the Compassionate Care Fund?

Health First’s Compassionate Care Fund was created to provide those eligible patients outlined above with the assistance they need in the form of a Guardian Angel grant – an anonymous grant which may help with transportation, prescriptions and even accessibility issues at the patient’s home. You can be someone’s Guardian Angel by supporting those in need with compassion when they need it most.

■ Where can I go to learn more and become a Guardian Angel?

If you would like to become a Guardian Angel for someone in need, visit HF.org/givingtuesday.

Founded in 1995, Health First is Brevard County’s not-for-profit, community healthcare system. The fully integrated delivery network (IDN) includes health insurance plans, hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group, and outpatient and wellness services.

As a locally owned, not-for-profit organization, Health First is committed to investing in our community. In 2020, Health First provided more than $184 million in community support.

To learn more about Health First and how we’re giving back to our community, please visit HFgivesback.org.

Brendan Prendergast, M.D., Health First Cancer Institute Radiation Oncologist. (Health First image)
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