HOLIDAY BLOOMS: Moody Clinic annual poinsettia fundraiser underway
BROWNSVILLE - With Christmas just around the corner, the Moody Clinic in Brownsville is hoping to spread cheerfulness and success with a symbol of the holiday season while raising funds to help the special needs children it serves.
Hundreds of flowers filled the Moody Clinic’s lobby on Monday morning for the nonprofit’s 21st annual Poinsettia Sale.
Monday’s delivery was the first of two. The second will arrive on Dec. 10.
With the help of the Brownsville Sunrise Rotary Club, a total of 1,560 poinsettia plants were ordered this year.
Jessica Cuevas, the clinic’s executive director, said the nonprofit is grateful for the Brownsville Sunrise Rotary Club sponsoring this year’s sale.
“ It really helps fill in the gaps for those families who we assist with therapy services,” Cuevas said. “We’re so thankful that the Brownsville Sunrise Rotary Club has sponsored this event. Their donations cover the costs, which helps us make a profit in order to supplement the speech, occupational and physical therapies that children receive.”
Members of the Brownsville Sunrise Rotary Club, including President Andy Zamarripa and Board Member Dalilah Garcia, presented a $5,000 check to the Moody Clinic Monday morning.
“ Last year, it was $2,000 and this year we were able to collect $5,000 to help out the Moody Clinic,” Zamarripa said. “They’ve done so much for the community. We are here to help the community out. We feel like helping Moody Clinic is a major stepping stone for us.”
Garcia said the organization’s main goal is to form and build strong bonds with the community and local nonprofits.
“ The main reason that the (Brownsville Sunrise Rotary Club) exists is to form partnerships to meet the community needs,” she said. “We have a hashtag called ‘#ServiceAboveSelf,’ which means we help out the community before us.”
The rotary club board member added that the sale of poinsettias is fitting for the Moody Clinic and the season as the plants symbolize “good cheer and are said to bring wishes of mirth and celebration.”
Fundraisers, such as the poinsettia sale, are important to the Moody Clinic, which is the only nonprofit outpatient rehabilitative clinic for children with special needs in the Rio Grande Valley.
The Poinsettia Sale is the nonprofit’s longest-running fundraiser and all proceeds go directly to helping children and families in need.
“ Fundraisers are a huge portion of our budget but that’s the life of a nonprofit,” Cuevas said. “Fundraisers like this help several different types of families who are in medical debt and may have a child who was born with a special need or different abilities. Maybe they just can’t afford services anymore. This really fills in the gap for those kinds of families.
“ It also helps those families who don’t have any insurance whatsoever, who have no financial backing in order to pay for services. We work with those families as well. It helps those who are most in need.”
Moody Clinic serves about 70 to 80 patients a month, 7,000 since the nonprofit’s inception, and offers speech and language therapy as well as physical and occupational therapy for children with developmental disabilities.
Red and white large plants are available for $20 each.
To purchase plants, visit moodyclinic.org .
Plants may be picked up at the clinic, which is located at 1901 E. 22nd St.
For more information, call the Moody Clinic at (956) 542-8504.