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Family Health and Safety fair today

By Staff | Nov 5, 2011

The fifth annual Family Health and Safety Fair will be held today at the Wellness Center of Cape Coral from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The fair is sponsored by Heart & Soul and the Wellness Center of Cape Coral. It is being held to put emphasis on military support, along with providing information to the community about non-profit organizations.

Heart & Soul Massage Therapy Day Spa Office Manger Debbie Fasenmyer said I Ragazzi Pizza will donate pizza for the fair with 100 percent of the proceeds being donated to three former Mariner High School graduates who were injured in the line of duty while serving our country. She said they are hoping people will donate $1 per slice of pizza for the cause.

A collection of items also are being sought for deployed troops and homeless veterans during the event. Those items include wet wipes; hand sanitizer; chap stick; small tarps and blankets; movie DVDs; paper towels; bug spray; beef jerky; toilet paper; dark or camo baseball caps; camo socks; sewing kits; pop top snack food; blank Christmas cards; foot lotion and powder and rain ponchos.

In addition, the fair will include free fingerprinting for children by the Lee County Sheriff’s Department and an appearance from McGruff the Crime Prevention Dog from 10 a.m. -11:30 a.m.

An opportunity for individuals to register to vote will be provided during the fair, along with the chance to donate blood to the Lee Memorial Blood Mobile. Individuals can also find out information about becoming an organ donor, along with registering that day.

Sgt. Allan Kolak with the Cape Coral Police Department will be at the fair to speak about the dangers of drugs, along with showing parents some paraphernalia.

Fasenmyer said the American Red Cross also will be in attendance to provide information about disaster preparedness. Lee Memorial Health System Sleep Center, Lee Memorial Health System Asthma and Lee Memorial Nutritional Services will provide information during the event.

Lifeline provide information about safety buttons that the older residents can wear in case of a crisis for 24-hour medical alert services.

“I think we have a good mix of stuff for kids, adults and the elderly,” she said.

A fire truck and ambulance will be at the fair for individuals to view and tour.

Those who attend the event will have the opportunity to sign up for a free one week workout pass to the Wellness Center. Individuals also can enter to win a relaxation gift basket, a free one month membership to the Wellness Center, along with other prizes.

Free chair massages will be available.

A table with Christmas cards will be set up to provide individuals with the chance to sign cards, which will be sent to deployed troops for the holidays during the fair.

Individuals are asked to bring a canned food with them for the center’s annual food drive .

The Wellness Center of Cape Coral is at 609 S.E. 13th Court, behind the Cape Coral Hospital.