Giving Back is Always in Fashion
August 09, 2011
Aventura, FL — Spring-cleaning served double duty when the staff, nurses and physicians at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center donated their gently used clothing during its annual “Clean Up Your Closet Clothing Drive.” The donation provided more than 1,100 articles of clothing to benefit the Palms of Hallandale Beach Weed and Seed program.
Orchestrated by the Employee Advisory Group (EAG), the drive is part of an ongoing charitable program called Community Involvement Requires Concerned and Loving Employees (CIRCLE). In July, members of Aventura CIRCLE placed containers throughout the facility and encouraged employees and guests to donate items of clothing, accessories and shoes.
“Our clothing drive surpassed all our expectations, thanks to the hard work of the dedicated staff at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center who helped us exceed our goals by collecting an unprecedented amount of clothing,” said Heather Rohan, CEO Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. “Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is dedicated to giving back to the community, and we are excited to continue our charitable work by providing support to our residents and offering aide to neighboring organizations.”
The Palms of Hallandale Beach Weed and Seed Strategy (PHW&S), is a federally funded initiative to ‘weed’ out crime and ‘seed’ in positive improvement and support of the residents of city of Hallandale Beach. PHW&S partners with more than 60 companies and organizations to provide community programs from employment services to summer music camps.
“Caring for our community is a hospital-wide effort, and are immensely grateful to the staff at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center for helping us host another successful drive,” said Cheryl Smith, president of the EAG and charge nurse on Aventura Hospital and Medical Center’s North Tower.
Aventura CIRCLE hosts various drives each month ranging from yard sales to blood drives. To date, the group has donated to Toys for Tots, participated in the Haiti Relief Fund for victims of the devastating earthquake, and held a food drive for Stop Hunger, Inc.