The first stop was PATCHES medical center in Florida City, a state-licensed, non-profit facility staffed by pediatric nurses, certified teachers and respiratory and rehab therapists that provide daily treatment to children with extreme medical needs, as well as education for care-giving parents. Treating children from birth through age 21, PATCHES is an alternative to in-patient hospital care and more-isolated home care.
In advance of the visit, PATCHES provided Homestead-Miami Speedway staffers a list of the children’s names and ages so Speedway employees could personalize the holiday gifts purchased for the event. The Speedway “elves” helped Santa Claus distribute the gifts to each youngster, each who was anxiously waiting to receive a present.
Pit stop No. 2 on the Homestead-Miami holiday shuttle was Homestead Hospital, where Speedway staffers made the rounds of each occupied room in the “Speediatrics” children’s ER unit to present patients with gifts tailored to age and gender.
“It is easy to forget many of our kids at this time of year,” said PATCHES CEO Kyle Smith. “Homestead-Miami Speedway providing gifts to these children is truly a blessing. It really means a lot to us that the Speedway and the community support us.”
“It is an honor to be welcomed back each year by both Homestead Hospital and PATCHES because being sick around the holidays is hard for anyone—especially for young children and their families,” said Matt Becherer, president of Homestead-Miami Speedway. “The fiercely dedicated staffs at these care facilities should be commended for their year-round commitment to improving the health and livelihood of children experiencing challenging times. Our Speedway staff is truly humbled to be invited for yet another year to spread a little joy to these children during the holiday season.”
“Homestead-Miami Speedway exemplifies the spirit of giving not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year,” said Bill Duquette, CEO of Homestead Hospital. “Over the years, they have brought many smiles to the faces of our young patients and their families. For that we are grateful.”