Monday, September 10, 2012 - Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center Receives $20,000 Grant from American Express for its 20th Annual Thanksgiving Basket Brigade
CDTC Staff.
The staff at the CDTC prepares Thanksgiving baskets.

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center (CDTC) received a $20,000 grant this month from American Express Charitable Fund in support of the Center’s 20th Annual Thanksgiving Basket Brigade.  American Express has funded the Basket Brigade for the past two years and, this year, has increased its grant in an effort to help CDTC provide meals to additional families in need.  The Center has been providing 1000 Thanksgiving meals to its neediest families each year due, in large part, to the overwhelming support it receives from the community.

The mission of CDTC’s Basket Brigade is to provide some of the Center’s most underprivileged families with a “basket” filled with all the items needed to make a traditional Thanksgiving meal, including a turkey. The 20th Annual Thanksgiving Basket Brigade will be held on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 8am at the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center.  The Center anticipates that over 300 volunteers will attend the annual festivities and assist with the assembling and delivering of Thanksgiving meals. Volunteers are encouraged to register online to participate or to help by either shopping for a family or hosting a food drive.  In addition to the tremendous community support, American Express, Aramark and Federal Express will once again be partnering with CDTC to make this a successful event.

“American Express Company is a diversified travel, financial and network services company founded in 1850.  It is a worldwide leader in charge and credit cards, Travelers Cheques, travel and business services.  Through its philanthropic activities American Express seeks to be a good citizen in the local community where employees live and work.  Its Philanthropic Program makes grants to non-profit organizations on behalf of American Express Company and its business units.  The Company is proud to sponsor the 2012 Basket Brigade and salutes Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center for the important and continuing contribution to provide quality health care to our South Florida community.”   

The Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center (CDTC) is a not-for-profit organization that serves more than 10,000 children with special health care needs in Broward County. CDTC’s mission is to promote the optimal health and well-being of children with special health care needs by providing comprehensive prevention, intervention and treatment services within a medical home environment.  CDTC is a nationally recognized “Center of Excellence,” offering a unique system of care for infants, children and youth with chronic illnesses, disabilities and developmental delays. All medical care and social services are provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay.


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