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BAY RIDGE TEEN DONATES SWEET SIXTEEN MONEY TO LUTHERAN

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BAY RIDGE TEEN DONATES SWEET SIXTEEN MONEY TO LUTHERAN
Hopes to set an example for other area youth

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February 12, 2008, Brooklyn, New York…Local teen and model citizen, Stavroula Kafkis, recently donated $500 to Lutheran Family Health Centers' Center for Child Development.

The hard earned money was to be used for treats and party favors at her January "sweet sixteen" party. Instead, Kafkis and her family decided to give back to the community and donate the money to a worthy cause, Lutheran's Center for Child Development. The program provides early intervention evaluations and treatment for Brooklyn children and will use the money to purchase age appropriate books, toys and supermarket gift cards for needy families.

"We are very happy and honored to receive such a kindhearted gift," said Larry K. McReynolds, executive director of the Lutheran Family Health Centers. "It's a great reminder that thoughtful and civic-minded teens, like Stavroula, can really make a difference in their communities every day."

The teen, with a big heart, is an eleventh grader at Fort Hamilton High School and hopes to be a pharmacist one day. She is also a frequent volunteer at Lutheran putting in two days a month for the last two years. Additionally, she has visited the medical center every Christmas since she was three years old to drop off holiday gifts for patients and visitors in need.

"We are very proud of our daughter and hope that other local teens will find ways to give back to their community as well," said mom, Stella Kafkis.

Lutheran's Center for Child Development offers developmental screenings and services in addition to physical, occupational and speech therapy, family counseling, social work, parent education and support, as well as early intervention evaluations and treatment for children from birth to twelve years of age. For more information call 718-439-5600.

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