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Global humanitarian organization served over 230 people, including 160 children, with holiday gifts and community health resources


December 8, 2011 (San Diego, CA) -- PCI (Project Concern International) and the Strong, Healthy Empowered (SHE) group of PCI volunteers hosted their third annual Santa party and health fair in collaboration with PCI’s California Border Healthy Start (CBHS) Program on December 7, 2011 at the Jacobs Market Creek Plaza.  Other community agencies that participated include Logan Family Health Center at Logan Heights, American Red Cross WIC, La Maestra Family Health Center at National City, and the Family Health Centers at Lemon Grove.

Diegueno Country Day School in Rancho Santa Fe collected 140 toys that were distributed to over 160 children in attendance.  The event featured educational resources for dental screening, healthy nutrition, and healthcare services. Children were able to make their own holiday ornaments, and enjoy refreshments while visiting with Santa. “We were glad to see the event grow significantly over previous years, and that we could provide a positive celebration for families in need,” says George Guimaraes, CEO of PCI.  “We are grateful to our local SHE volunteers and the Diegueno Country Day School for their service and generosity for this heartwarming.”


San Diego’s CBHS program is improving the health of low-income pregnant women, mothers, and their babies in areas that represent the highest levels of poverty and poor birth results in San Diego County.  It strives to enhance local maternal and child health social service systems and increase effective outreach and recruitment into prenatal services early in pregnancy. CBHS is funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services and is part of a national initiative designed to coordinate and strengthen perinatal services for high risk, low access populations.  For more information about the US Border Programs, contact Maria Lourdes F. Reyes, MD, MPH at (619) 791-200 ext. 305 or mreyes@pciglobal.org.


Founded in 1961, PCI (Project Concern International) is a San Diego-based health and humanitarian organization, operating over 60 programs in 16 countries.  It is dedicated to saving lives and building healthy communities around the globe, annually reaching 5.5 million people in Asia, Africa and the Americas.  Funded by federal grants and private support, PCI has over a $40 million budget and over 600 employees worldwide.


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