Our community is at the heart of all we do. We know these uncertain times can be worrisome, but together we will rise above the adversity created by this devastating outbreak and walk away stronger than ever in our resolve to help people and communities achieve better health.
We’re gathering uplifting stories from the communities we serve and sharing them with you all, a reminder that so much good is out there and challenges such as this one brings us closer together in our humanity.
Titan and Starbird Return Home
On March 19th the Florida Aquarium’s Animal Response Team, supported by Florida Blue, released two threatened loggerhead sea turtles, “Titan and Starbird,” back to their habitat off the pristine shore of New Smyrna Beach.
“Conservation never stops,” said Roger German, President and CEO of the Aquarium, “even though The Florida Aquarium is closed to the public, we are still caring for our animals 24/7, and that means releasing these two sea turtles back to the ocean.”
The two loggerhead sea turtles arrived at The Florida Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center in Apollo Beach on December 18, 2019, after cold-stunning and stranding on Cape Cod after being severely affected by the cold-water temperatures in New England.
After three months of excellent medical care, along with lots of food and plenty of warm water, these big guys have healed up, gained significant weight and are ready to go home.
Titian and Starbird were cleared for release back into the wild by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the veterinary staff at the Aquarium. The release of these two rehabilitated sea turtles was made possible through the Aquarium’s ongoing partnership with Florida Blue as well as the direct support of The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who has authorized The Florida Aquarium to treat sick or injured endangered sea turtles.
Osceola Council On Aging serves 150 bags of food for Osceola community members.
On March 17th the Osceola Council on Aging served around 150 bags of food to members in the Osceola community members in need, with plans to distribute another 125 on Thursday, March 19th! What a beautiful gesture to help those who may be struggling to find supplies or make it to stores. Thank you Osceola Council on Aging. If you are able to help, learn more at:
Florida Blue commits $2 million in COVID-19 support for Florida communities Crisis relief for food security, hourly workers, behavioral health
“Florida Blue understands our communities, members and employees are facing tremendous uncertainty and need immediate help in this growing crisis,” said Pat Geraghty, Florida Blue president and CEO. “Collaboration during a crisis is critical, and Florida Blue is working with coalitions of leaders to support Floridians during these unprecedented times. We applaud the response efforts underway by so many organizations and encourage others to come together and join Florida Blue in helping lead our state through this serious challenge.”
The company will make a series of donations across Florida through four gifts of $500,000. The monies will then be distributed to community organizations and partners in north, central, west and south Florida that are working on immediate needs addressing neighborhood health and well-being.
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