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Health First Teams Up with South Brevard Sharing Center to Buy Hundreds of Holiday Gifts for Children in Need

Health First Teams Up with South Brevard Sharing Center to Buy Hundreds of Holiday Gifts for Children in Need

ROCKLEDGE, FL (December 4, 2015) - Health First and 50 of its associates went toy shopping Friday morning to help make this holiday season special for hundreds of Brevard County children in need.

For the third year in a row, Health First partnered with the South Brevard Sharing Center to fulfill holiday wish lists for Brevard County kids and teens in need. Through the Health First Community Benefits Program, Health First associates and volunteers from the Sharing Center went shopping at the Toys "R" Us in Melbourne to purchase more than 400 gifts for the "Children Without Christmas Toy Drive."

"As Brevard's hometown health system, Health First is committed to serving our community and to giving back through events like the South Brevard Sharing Center Toy Drive," said Health First President & CEO Steve Johnson. "Our physicians and associates go above and beyond to care for the health and well-being of our community every day and they cherish the opportunity to help make the holidays special for Brevard County children in need."

The gifts included everything from boogie boards and bicycles to Monster High dolls and Avengers action figures. The items were loaded onto the Sharing Center's truck so they could be delivered to the children before Christmas Day.

"Working with caring community partners like Health First to provide presents to area kids really gives hope to families who are struggling," said John Autry, Executive Director, South Brevard Sharing Center. "Food runs out and toys may break, but hope can last forever and that's what today's event is all about."

Health First Community Benefits Program works with several non-profit agencies year-round. In 2014, Health First's support of the community totaled more than $119 million, which included charity and uncompensated care.

About Health First
Founded in 1995, Health First is Brevard County's not-for-profit, community healthcare system. The fully integrated delivery network (IDN) includes health insurance plans, hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group and outpatient and wellness services. To learn more about Health First and how we're giving back to our community, visit

About South Brevard Sharing Center
The South Brevard Sharing Center Inc. (SBSC) was founded in 1971 as a non-profit, community based agency whose mission is to provide basic needs assistance to help families in South Brevard County, FL. This assistance includes food, clothing, household items, and financial vouchers for prescriptions, utilities, rent, and other miscellaneous items through case managed services. Seasonally, the Sharing Center also provides Christmas gifts and holiday meals for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, as well as back packs with supplies for children to start the new school year. SBSC's mission to provide basic needs services to low or no income individuals and families with children, serve as a liaison between religious, civic and local organizations, and provide an outlet to persons with abundance to readily share financial surplus with those financially less fortunate. For more information, visit

About Toys"R"Us, Inc.
Toys"R"Us, Inc. is the world's leading dedicated toy and juvenile products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 878 Toys"R"Us and Babies"R"Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 690 international stores and over 170 licensed stores in 35 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand's flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including,, and, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys"R"Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys"R"Us, Inc. can be found on Follow Toys"R"Us, Babies"R"Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at, and and on Twitter at and