Every day, the staff at the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) works to support and improve the health and well-being of children. Usually that work involves certification of pediatricians, so children will be cared for by knowledgeable, well-trained physicians.
But each year, the staff also selects a charity that focuses on children and/or their families. In 2013, that charity was the Frankie Lemmon School and Developmental Center in Raleigh. Throughout the year, staff members saw what a great impact the school's programs have had on so many children with special needs, and in turn, made donations to support the school's programs.
The ABP staff held a "May Play Day" for the children at the school in the spring, with several staff members attending and setting up and playing games with the children, dressing in costumes, providing face painting and balloon art and serving lunch. The staff also collected tissues, batteries and "Box Tops for Education" for the school. Additionally, money was raised through a raffle for donated gift certificates to the Angus Barn.
"The outpouring of generosity from ABP staff was inspiring," said Dr. David Nichols, ABP President and CEO. "There is a deep care and concern for children throughout our organization that goes way beyond what we do in the office every day."
On Dec. 13, Frankie Lemmon Foundation executives met with the ABP staff to receive final donations for the year from payroll deductions and other gifts. Staff members gave the Frankie Lemmon executives a standing ovation after seeing a video of former Frankie Lemmon students who have benefitted from attending the school.
ABP staff has selected Our Children's Place, a nonprofit agency committed to helping children of incarcerated parents, to support in 2014.
"Reaching out to a local charity that helps children is part of the culture here at ABP," said Sandy Gainey, Director of Human Resources. "It's one more way we can show how much we care and our lives are enriched through the support of others in need."