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Get Pump'd for Kids

“GET PUMP’D”. This slogan and smiling jack-o-lanterns are emblazoned across yard signs all over the Northwest Georgia counties of Bartow, Floyd, Polk, and Gordon. This means Get Pump’d for Kids is back, giving people a fun, safe way to celebrate Halloween while supporting children and families throughout the region. Harbin Clinic is proud to once again partner with Advocates for Children, Gordon County Child Advocacy Center, Polk County Family Connection and Rome-Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth.  

“At Harbin Clinic, we focus on leading initiatives that encourage strong, healthy and happy communities,” says Sarah Tuck, senior director of marketing and communications for Harbin Clinic. “Get Pump’d for Kids lets us provide children and families with an exciting and creative way to celebrate Halloween while also giving back to those in need by raising money for local charitable organizations.” 

Here’s how to join in the fun. Go to harbinclinic.com/getpumpedforkids and purchase a Pumpkin Pal (a GET PUMP’D yard sign), place the sign in a friend’s yard, and leave a surprise Halloween treat at the door. Signs can be purchased through the website through October 30th. Proceeds from the Pumpkin Pals go to help the child/family advocacy nonprofits mentioned above, allowing them to continue their fine work. Also—and this is the best part—for every Pumpkin Pal purchased, a special Halloween treat (a family-friendly activity kit and candy) will be delivered to a child in foster care. So, each Pumpkin Pal is a gift that gives, then gives again.  

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The organizations benefiting from Get Pump’d for Kids serve hundreds of children and families throughout Northwest Georgia. Creating caring neighborhoods and strengthening families are a common goal amongst the nonprofits, and fundraisers like this one help bolster their programming and provide important resources to their communities. One of those organizations, Advocates for Children in Cartersville, Georgia, shared how happy they are to be part of Harbin Clinic’s Halloween initiative. 

Renee McCormick, the organization’s associate development director, says, “Not only is this Halloween initiative exciting for the children buying Pumpkin Pals for their friends, but it reminds the community of our mission and all the resources available through Advocates for Children. And it’s a great way to bring some extra fun to the children under our care.” Serving numerous Northwest Georgia communities, Advocates for Children provides services to children and families who have been the victims of abuse and neglect. They also offer multiple layers of personal care through eight different programs to reduce the incidence of child abuse.  

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Harbin Clinic Pulmonologist Dr. Harsha Banavasi, his wife, Harbin Clinic Internal Medicine physician Dr. Anandita Arora, and their daughter

Advocates for Children, the Gordon County Child Advocacy Center (GCCAC), Polk Family Connection and Rome-Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth (RFCCCY) all agree that initiatives like Get Pump’d for Kids provide an important opportunity for families to help bring normalcy and belonging to children and families in need. 

“We can not overlook the fact that many local foster children in Rome and surrounding counties do not have a permanent place to call home. We want to ensure that these foster children can see in advance, what it feels like to have Positive Childhood Experiences (PCE),” explains LaDonna Collins, Executive Director of the Rome Floyd County Commission on Children and Youth. “We look forward to this initiative every year & we are grateful that our community gets involved to support such a worthy cause!” 

“We were so excited to be part of this last year,” says Rhonda Heuer, of PFC, “and this is a great opportunity to give back to well deserving children in our community to let them know that their community cares.”  

Cindy Gregg, executive director of GCCAC, echoes Heuer, “This is a such neat way to trick-or-treat and give back to the community.” 

Those interested in participating can go to Harbin Clinic’s site (address above), click on the Get Pump’d for Kids campaign and select the nonprofit nearest them. There’s a simple info page to fill out and a place to make a donation of $25 or more. Then, pick up the GET PUMP’D yard sign at the organization’s dedicated pick-up location, which is confirmed through the donation process. 

Harbin Clinic and these outstanding organizations are surely bringing extra fang-tastic fun to the Halloween festivities this year. Make a difference in the lives of children and families in your neighborhood and purchase your Get Pump’d for Kids yard sign at harbinclinic.com/getpumpedforkids.