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Pediatric Unit Receives Donation of Stuffed Dogs from Avon Park American Legion Post 69

Avon Park American Legion Post #69 Donates Stuffed Dogs to Florida Hospital Pediatric Unit

It took one year and $2,495 but the American Legion Post #69 ladies did it! They diligently worked raising money through dinners, raffle tickets and other fundraisers to bring comfort to pediatric patients at Florida Hospital through the “Josh the Dog” stuffed puppy project featuring the companion book “I’ll Be Okay.” The group donated 77 sets hoping to turn a pediatric patient’s anxious moments into an exciting, fun-filled adventure creating a positive impact and faster healing times.

Group Photo on Stairs: (left to right) Avon Park American Legion Past #69 Ladies Auxiliary members Marge Deetz, Chairwoman Cathy Richards, Mickey Christic, President Mary Striecker, Helen Cartwright and Judy Chrysanthes.

Group Photo with Pediatric Patient: (left to right) Avon Park American Legion Past #69 Ladies Auxiliary President Mary Striecker, patient Maetwon Massendine, mother Nicole Jones, Florida Hospital Pediatric Unit Charge Nurse Jennifer Garner, Chairwoman Cathy Richards and Mickey Christic.