Programs & Services

Children laughing in the grass.

        Every year since 2004, Pasco County School Nurses have provided the names of families in need who will not be receiving assistance for the holidays from any other source or program. 70 to 80 children are invited to this event. The whole family is invited to a party where they are first treated to a delicious lunch. After Santa arrives (sometimes by boat), the children receive their gifts from Santa, including clothes, toys and other gifts that they had on their individual wish lists. Each child also receives a $25 gift certificate for shoes and a stocking full of hygiene items. A picture is taken of the whole family with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and this is framed and given to the family before they leave the part. The children are always excited by Santa, but they also enjoy decorating cookies, face painting, drinking root beer floats, playing games and making crafts. This day is one of our highlights for the year and one that is always filled with smiles!

      Check out this year’s photos:

      2016 Holiday Giving Party

    • Little boy with Santa.

        Vouchers are available to help pay for emergency and/or chronic medications for children whose families are of low income and without insurance coverage for prescriptions. Healthcare professionals at Pasco County schools, clinics, emergency rooms and pediatric offices help to distribute the vouchers; which may be used at any Pasco County Walgreen’s Pharmacy.

      PPF rewards scholastic success over adversity by providing three different higher education scholarships to encourage high school seniors who have significant adversity to overcome.

      1. “The Pasco Pediatric Foundation Challenge Scholarship” and “The Marley Jean Rother Memorial Scholarship” are specifically geared to encourage high school seniors as they pursue a higher education at a college or university.

      2. “The Michelle Evers Memorial Scholarship” is for a high school senior who will be going to a vocational/technical school after high school.

      Eligible students must have successfully pushed past their personal challenges and must be planning to attend a college or a vo-tech program. They are recommended by school nurses, guidance counselors and career specialists at their Pasco County high schools. If you feel that you or someone you know are eligible, please contact your school’s guidance counselor, career specialist or school nurse.

      Click here to download the PPF Challenge Scholarship Application Form  

      Our amazing recipients have used the scholarship to start their chosen career path and continue to exceed all expectations. Some of our previous recipients include:

      Apryl Fox

      “I graduated in May of 2010 with a BSN. Keeping true to my word, I live and breathe my profession when I work at Community Hospital of New Port Richey. I am so excited that I can start finally repaying the kindness of people like those involved in Pasco Pediatric Foundation.”

      Juan Beltran

      “With the assistance of the Pasco Pediatric Foundation, I graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in the top 15% of the class. I am pursuing my Masters in Engineering and look forward to starting my job with a multinational engineering firm next month.”

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    Every attempt is made to fulfill all types of requests for children in need through collaboration with community professionals and agencies; including medical equipment, mental health care, dental care and other medically related items. In 2000, we donated $20,000 to build a playground specially designed for children with special needs at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park and in 2007 we built a new shelter adjacent to the special needs playground. Some of the previous requests we have assisted with are:
    • • Paid for a custom designed wheelchair lift for a 17 year old boy.
    • • Assist with expenses for a young girl who is fighting a rare form of eye cancer. Maria
    • • Helped to provide necessary orthodontic treatment for an 8 year old boy who had severe dental abnormality. This corrected the problem and improved his self-esteem.
    Other requests have included the purchase of medical equipment and supplies, assistance with payment for cataract surgery, providing transportation out of state for medical treatment Prescription Voucher and so much more.

* Vouchers also available at physicians offices, local hospitals, and Pasco County school nurses.