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REMINDER GREAT PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Spirit of Giving Has Deeper Purpose

December 15, 2017

GREAT HOLIDAY PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
Teacher Carlos Somellan and the students from Newsome High School are on their way to St. Joseph's Children's Hospital with 10 cars full of toys.
The students gathered more than 500 toys, just from the criminal justice classes at Newsome High School.
They should arrive by 4:15 p.m.


Students will drop off the toys to hospital staff at the circular drive off N. Habana Avenue

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, 3001 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Tampa

Event – Friday, December 15 

The holiday season always brings out the spirit of giving, but there’s a deeper purpose driving the Newsome High School Criminal Justice Toy Drive for St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital cancer patients. Criminal Justice Teacher, Carlos Somellan lost his adult daughter (a mother of a 10-year-old son) to cancer. Days before her death, she told her dad that she couldn’t imagine kids suffering with the pain she felt. He promised her, he’d help kids battling cancer.

The retired Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant launched the toy drive last year, after he started teaching at Newsome High. Somellan wants students to understand that law enforcement isn’t just about arrests, it’s also about being compassionate and helping the community. This year, students have collected more than 100 toys.

On Friday, students will be boxing up the toys during 5th period (10:52-11:35 am), loading up the toys after school (3pm), and delivering them to St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital (around 4pm).

Media is invited to join us at the school and/or hospital.

Where/When:

Friday, December 15

Newsome High School, 16550 FishHawk Blvd., Lithia

10:52-11:35 am: Students boxing toys

3 pm: Students loading up toys

Approximately 4 p.m: Students dropping off the toys to hospital staff at the circular drive off N. Habana Avenue

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, 3001 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Tampa

Interview opportunities: Teacher Carlos Somellan and students (at the school and hospital) and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital staff (after the toy drop-off).

Please let me know where and when you plan to send a crew.

On site media contact: Kendra Oestreich, kendra.oestreich@sdhc.k12.fl.us, cell 813-538-6022

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