Each year, Community PedsCare ®, a pediatric palliative and hospice program of Community Hospice & Palliative Care for children with life-limiting and life threatening conditions, hosts an in-person holiday event for their patients and families. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, they celebrated their first drive-thru holiday experience at the Earl B. Hadlow Center for Caring at the main campus of Community Hospice & Palliative Care on Saturday, Dec. 19.

Community Hospice & Palliative Care welcomed close to 100 cars with patients and family members driving through the festive, lit up, outdoor holiday setting created by employees. The families drove through a designated route named Candy Cane Lane, collecting goodies along the way while remaining safely in their cars.  Families collected their holiday gifts that were generously donated. Before leaving the holiday drive-thru experience, patients were able to take socially distanced photos with Santa on a fire truck.

“This event marks a memory in the hearts of the pediatric families, a safe experience to shine the light on the holidays and spread a spirit to fill the hearts of our most precious children.” said Patrice Austin, Director of PedsCare ®

Thank you to Gordon Chevrolet, Stellar, Jacksonville Football Club, Jax Woodworkers Club, St. John’s Cares Giving Tree, Coquina Crossing Retirement Community, Darlene and Tony Collamatti and many members of the community that support the Community PedsCare ® families.

If you are interested in donating to Community PedsCare ®, visit Support.CommunityHospice.com.