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Be a HERO Resource Fair


On Saturday, July 26th, 2014 at Fort Mellon Park in Sanford, Federation of Families, in partnersip with Youth MOVE Semiole, held the 2nd Annual Be a HERO Back to School Resource Fair.  The national H.E.R.O. campaign is Help, Encourage, Respect Others & stand up to bullying. Federation helped raise awareness of the fact that it is often students with mental health challenges that are targeted for bullying; also, they can resort to bullying as a defense mechanism and become bullies themselves.


This year Federation gave away 253 backpacks full of school supplies, as well as additional school supplies, and saw 197 youth and 85 families.  Several youth participated in the talent show; they were all fabulous! It would not have been possible without the tremendous support we received from individuals and agencies alike.

Our Deepest Thanks

Representative Jason Brodeur - for his appearance and generous donation to offset the cost of the park rental

Youth MOVE - for their collaboration and tremendous support

DJ Nicki - C

DJJ Circuit 18 - for supplying tables and ongoing support

PNC Bank - generously allowed us to have a donation box in their bank

Night Lite Pediatrics - for donating backpacks and gifts items

Youth Advocate program - for donating school supplies and ongoing support

FACTS - Tracy Pelligrino for donating school supplies

Sea World and Aquatica - for donating admission tickets for give away

Publix - for donating gift cards which purchased water and snacks for participants

Above and Beyond Community Services - for sponsoring us which allowed us to have the event in Sanford

Tracy Olson, DJJ - for transporting backpacks and ongoing support

Officer Zack Hudson - for his doantion toward school supplies

Chelsea Hilend, The Grove - for organizing the scavenger hunt

Dana Giblock - for her donation and ongoing support

Jules Padron - for her donation of school supplies

Sharon Nelson - for initiating and gathering donations

Mason's - for their ID Fingerprinting























A great big THANKS to all the vendors who participated and helped supply our attendees with important information and helpful community resources!

Aspire Health Partners

Boys Town

Children's Home Society

Choices Programs


Enroll America


Friends of Children & Families

Girl Scouts of Citrus

Seminole County Public Schools

Seminole Prevention Coalition

The Grove Counseling Center

Visions TCM

Wraparound Seminole

Youth Advocate Programs

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Check out the pictures from the event!

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