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    Posted April 5, 2013 by
    Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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    Whole Foods Market in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., to Collect DVDs for Grassroots “Kayla Cares 4 Kids” Campaign

    Eleven-year-old Kayla Abramowitz, with the help of her parents, has created “Kayla Cares 4 Kids,” a grassroots campaign to help children in the hospital feel better, through entertainment and education. She came up with the idea after a two-week hospital stay of her own, which was followed by numerous trips to several hospitals by her 7-year old brother Ethan, who suffers from both Eosinophilic Esophagitis and Juvenile Arthritis.

    The first effort in Kayla’s campaign is collecting new and used DVD movies (Rated PG-13, PG or G) and donating them to children’s hospitals. The local Whole Foods Market in Palm Beach Gardens is hosting a "Kayla Cares 4 Kids" collection box, so that its customers can make DVD donations throughout April, as part of Environmental Awareness Month. In addition, Kayla's Girl Scout Troop 20274 has created a separate box for their fellow students to donate at their school.

    “I know how it feels to be really sick and in the hospital for a while,” said Kayla, a 5th Grade student at Palm Beach Gardens Elementary. “When I was too sick to get out of bed, watching movies made me feel better, because it took my mind off of the pain.”

    Kayla’s original goal was to collect 100 DVDs to donate to the Michael Fux Family Center at Miami Children’s Hospital, but a newspaper article about her mission in the March 28 issue of the Palm Beach Post has brought in an overwhelming response of donations. Within five days of the story being published, Kayla received approximately 275 DVDs. As a result, not only will Miami Children’s Hospital receive hundreds of DVDs for the patients to watch, but the family has decided to donate DVDs to other children’s hospitals.

    “We are incredibly proud of Kayla and the big heart that she has, wanting to help adults and children alike feel better,” said Andrea Abramowitz, Kayla’s mom.

    A Facebook page has been created to keep followers updated of Kayla’s efforts. The page is called “Kayla Cares 4 Kids.” Page visitors who “Like” the page will receive up-to-date news about Kayla’s collection efforts.

    Whole Foods Market is located at 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Drive, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410.

    For more information, please contact Andrea Abramowitz at prowriter@bellsouth.net.
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