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 San Diego’s global humanitarian organization work offers holiday celebration for families in need

December 2, 2011 (San Diego) -- PCI (Project Concern International) and the Strong, Healthy Empowered (SHE) group of PCI volunteers are planning the 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 on Euclid and Market from 2-4 p.m. The event will feature educational programs to include dental screening, healthy nutrition, and health resources. Santa will be entertaining children and their families with toys for the children, crafts and refreshments. 

“In a time when many families are struggling to make ends meet, we are happy to provide a holiday celebration to help these families in need feel the warmth of the season,” says George Guimaraes, CEO of PCI.  “We are grateful to our local SHE volunteers for their service and generosity in coordinating this event.”

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 ormreyes@pciglobal.org.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, PCI (Project Concern International) is a San Diego-based health and humanitarian organization, operating nearly 100 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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