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Fresh Start and TrueCare Give the Gift of Free Reconstructive Surgery Screenings To Low-Income Children - Charities for Children, Organizations to Help Children

Fresh Start and TrueCare Give the Gift of Free Reconstructive Surgery Screenings To Low-Income Children

SAN DIEGO – December 5, 2023 Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and TrueCare unite to provide a heartwarming holiday gift of free medical evaluations for low-income children in need of reconstructive surgery and corrective medical care.

The walk-in screening clinic will be held at TrueCare Mission Mesa Pediatrics, 2210 Mesa Drive, Oceanside, CA 92054, on Wednesday, December 13th, 2023, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and TrueCare believe that every child deserves a fresh start, regardless of their socioeconomic background, insurance status or income. This partnership exemplifies their commitment to making this vision a reality.

By joining forces, these organizations aim to reach even more children in need and provide extra care to patients who can’t afford reconstructive or life-changing medical care, such as that offered by Fresh Start Surgical Gifts.

“Our partnership with Fresh Start Surgical Gifts stems from our shared belief in equal healthcare for all no matter what it takes, and these screening clinics will help families find the care they need for their child,” said Sonia Gonzalez, Director of Community Engagement at TrueCare. “Together with Fresh Start, we’re opening our doors to provide a unique opportunity for life-changing care for children in need in our communities, and ensuring they feel welcomed, valued, and healthy from the inside out.”

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts has been dedicated to transforming the lives of disadvantaged children with physical and cosmetic deformities. Since 1991, they have successfully helped over 9,017 children by hosting twelve surgery weekends per year. As a nonprofit community health center, TrueCare serves a diverse patient population, with 94.1% of patients below 200% of the federal poverty level and 78.6% being racial and ethnic minorities. A significant portion (40%) of their patients prefer a language other than English.

“We are thrilled to extend our reach to children in need of a medical transformation and bring even more smiles to the faces of the children through these screening clinics,” said Michelle Pius, Fresh Start Surgical Gifts’ Chief Development Officer and Global Partnerships. “Together, we are making dreams come true for these children, offering them a brighter and healthier future with this fresh start.”

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts remains committed to helping improve the lives of children and families across the U.S., partnering with organizations like TrueCare that share their mission and vision. For more information on Fresh Start Surgical Gifts or to donate, visit For more information on TrueCare, visit

About Fresh Start Surgical Gifts

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts transforms the lives of disadvantaged infants, children and teens who have physical and cosmetic deformities through their gift of reconstructive surgery. Providing reconstructive, plastic and neurosurgeries for children across the U.S., Fresh Start’s commitment to children extends far beyond medical care. The organization ensures their children will leave feeling more empowered than before. Every child receives the highest quality medical care, and the families never see a bill for the services provided. 100% of contributions go directly to medical programs. To learn more, visit

About TrueCare

For over 50 years, TrueCare has remained steadfast in its commitment to patients, their families, and its communities. As a nonprofit community health center, TrueCare is dedicated to delivering a superior and compassionate healthcare experience to over 60,000 patients every year, reducing barriers and increasing accessibility to quality care. TrueCare serves its communities in North San Diego and South Riverside Counties through its 21 health centers and WIC offices, providing primary care, pediatric, women’s health, behavioral health, dental, chiropractic, acupuncture, podiatry, and cardiology services to everyone, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. In addition, TrueCare offers many other support services such as transportation to clinic appointments, insurance enrollment assistance, weekly food distributions, and nutrition programs. For more information, please visit