At AdventHealth for Children, our goal is to make the hospital experience more comfortable and help our littlest patients be as happy as they can be. In our attempt to make their stay more enjoyable, we celebrate Christmas in July every year! Each July, we ask for gifts that will go directly towards providing the emotional, educational and developmental support kids need to feel more at home while in the hospital.
As a part of our 2021 Christmas in July campaign, Dr. Moby Kazmi hosted several initiatives for children across our AdventHealth network. Dr. Kazmi sits on the AdventHealth for Children Board and created COPILOT Cares, a nonprofit benefiting families through charitable giving.
“I look forward to Christmas in July events each year – they are an ongoing tradition within our organization to help make an impact within local communities. As a father, I’m also personally motivated to support parents and children experiencing challenging times by offering resources that enable moments of happiness.
Last month, Dr. Kazmi and COPILOT Cares went above and beyond, starting with a donation of toys to some of our littlest patients in the Coordinated Care for Kids (CCK) program. The CCK program at AdventHealth is designed to ensure that children with special health care needs receive the evaluation, treatment and overall attention they need to ensure the best possible outcomes. Several children received summer cheer and were grateful for their new toys thanks to Dr. Kazmi’s generosity.
On his next stop, Dr. Kazmi visited AdventHealth’s West Lakes Early Learning Center (ELC). The West Lakes ELC is designed to provide high-quality early childhood education and comprehensive health, wellness and social services for children six weeks to 5 years of age, and their families. Dr. Kazmi and his team dropped off new books for children to take home and add to their personal library. There were smiles all around as the students sat on the carpet in the ELC lobby and turned the pages with excitement in their eyes!
Due to recent COVID-19 restrictions, some children whose parents are hospitalized for coronavirus have been unable to visit their mom or dad while they receive treatment. Our child life team jumped into action and asked for a donation of teddy bears to help these kids still feel connected to their family while their parent(s) recover. Without any hesitation, Dr. Kazmi said “I’ll do it!” and agreed to purchase new bears to help children cope with their emotional stress while their family gets well.
We are so thankful to Dr. Kazmi and COPILOT Cares for their donation of $5,000 worth of toys, teddy bears, and books to AdventHealth. Not only was this a generous donation, they also took the time to personally see the gifts distributed to kids in need.
If you too would like to give back to help kids in need at AdventHealth, you can give here. For more information about the West Lakes ELC and how we are extending our mission out into the community, click here.