Life Jacket Loaner Program

To all our Associates and Friends:

I just wanted to take a moment & tell you a little about a program Steve & I have been working on that is very near & dear to our hearts. Last summer a 2 yr old little girl drowned while at a barbecue with her family at one of our county parks here in Naples. Only seconds had passed & this little girl was lost. A few years prior while I was still working as a nurse in the hospital, I learned that 2 children were lost to a drowning event in the family's pool...twin 2 year olds...both gone. I just could not even fathom what that family was going through. This is simply too tragic to imagine, but here in Florida it is a sad reality that happens way too often. Most honestly, I have heard about drownings way too often & felt the urgency to do something about it. All of us reading this share a love of the water & need to protect those that are in it as this is the 2nd leading cause of death among children in our state. So in collaboration with our 2 year old son's pediatrician, Dr. Todd Vedder, our local Collier County Park System, the Naples Community Hospital Safe & Healthy Children's Coalition of Collier County & West Marine, we have found that simply providing life jackets can save a life.

By placing stands around our county beaches & other swimming areas with lifejackets ranging from infant to adult sizes, we are hoping to prevent ANYONE from drowning! The program operates solely off of donations & we are asking for your help. Sponsors will receive their names on each stand in recognition of their donation & will be included in all of our program media & events. Our goal is to expand this program county by county until we are statewide & for everyone to recognize this program for the lives it can & will save.

If you are interested in being a sponsor or are interested in how you can be a part of our statewide expansion, please notify Kelly or Steve Sprigg.

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Jeffrey S. Beebe wrote:
Tue, Apr, 1, 2014 06:43 AM
I would like to donate to this. Please let me know how.

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