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The Virginia Peninsula Food bank relies heavily on the community to help combat food scarcity in the Hampton Roads area. Patient First was proud to join the food bank as they hosted the 25th Annual Mayflower Marathon Food Drive. This is a three day event that raises money and collects donated food items at multiple locations for Thanksgiving. With Patient First’s donation, it will help to provide 4,000 meals to families in need. We were excited to volunteer in the community and grateful to be a part of such a great cause.
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Troopster is a non-profit organization that sends care packages to deployed troops. Since its inception in 2015, Troopster has sent thousands of packages to service members worldwide. Patient First employs many members of the military community and the founder is also a military veteran, so this event was meaningful. The boxes that Patient First packed will reach combat medics, navy corpsmen and members of the border patrol in Arizona, Kuwait, Iraq and Africa. Remembering those who fight to protect our country but are away from their families during the holidays made this a gratifying experience.
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We have participated in Elmwood Park Zoo’s “Boo at the Zoo” event in Norristown, PA many times over the years and it has always been a great event. This year’s event was likely to be the largest attendance we’ve experienced there yet. Parents and children who visited in their Trick or Treat costumes made it an extra fun event for us.
We were one of 18 vendor stations at the event where kids could Trick or Treat throughout the Zoo. Even though we didn’t give out candy, parents and kids alike were excited to receive our Band-Aids and blinkers, and we distributed lots of them. It always makes us feel good when we have conversations about Patient First and what we do when most people we talk with are already familiar with us! At this event we were excited to learn about positive experiences folks have had in our centers from as far away as Hamilton NJ, Bethlehem, Springfield and of course ones closer to the Zoo like East Norriton and Collegeville.
How many days until Halloween season 2022? We are already looking forward to participating again.
For the past 15 years, Miracle League of the Lehigh Valley has been providing sports and social activities year-round for hundreds of children and young adults with special needs. The organization was founded on the principles of inclusion, building self-esteem, and that everyone deserves a chance to play baseball … and, they continue to uphold those values today. On Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, it was Trick or Treat Night for the children, and we were so happy to participate in this heartwarming event. We enjoyed seeing the amazing costumes and met some amazing children and their families. Other vendors who participated in this event with us were equally as happy to be there, and we are all already looking forward to returning next year.
What an honor it was for Patient First to be invited to join Wilson Borough’s Centennial Celebration. Wilson Borough, in Easton, PA, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2020. The pandemic paused the celebration, but it returned October 14 – 16, 2021 in a big way, with food, rides, games, and live music and entertainment for the three days! We were able to join the Friday evening festivities. The community responded, and the weather couldn’t have been nicer for an outdoor Fall event. Organized by Borough Mayor Donald Barrett, Jr. and his team, the event was first-rate and very busy with attendance anticipated at more than 5,000 people from Easton and nearby communities. We enjoyed interacting with local folks, many who had been patients at our center near Meuser Park where this event was held. Organizers tell us they hope an annual Fall Festival will continue in future years … and if it does, you can count on seeing Patient First making a return appearance! It was a great evening.
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Pumpkin spice, popcorn, and everything nice! Patient First was excited to participate in the 45th annual Fairfax Fall Festival on Saturday, October 9, 2021.
This event took place in downtown Fairfax and featured over 400 craft booths and displays. Back by popular demand was the lumberjack show and interactive lumberjack camps for the children. The Fairfax Fall Festival included a business expo and Touch-a-Truck expo that allowed children to see and explore City of Fairfax work vehicles and equipment. There was a children’s stage that featured singers, dancers, magicians, carnival rides and face painting as well!
Patient First was excited to participate in the 38th annual Manassas Fall Jubilee Event on Saturday, October 2, 2021. This event took place in downtown historic Manassas and was a 3 block event. The Manassas Fall Jubilee was a family-fun event and featured live music, dance groups, Boy and Girl Scout troops, SPCA of Northern Virginia and booths from local crafters, businesses, and civic organizations. More than a hundred businesses took part in this event.
Patient First was excited to participate in the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life run on Sunday, September 19, 2021. This fundraiser event took place in Leesburg, VA. The Relay of the Life Loudoun County is dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the mission of the American Cancer Society. Patient First was recognized as one of the sponsors of the event with a certificate. Patient First staff enjoyed engaging with the community by distributing health information and giveaways.