Lake Pointe Med Center asks for help sending holiday care packages to soldiers

By J.J. Smith. Christmas ’tis the season for giving.

Now you and your family can help send holiday care packages to nearly 150 American soldiers in far-away places like Afghanistan or Iraq thanks to the “Adopt A Soldier For The Holidays” program, currently underway at Lake Pointe Medical Center in Rowlett and at Texas Regional Medical Center in Sunnyvale.

Beginning yesterday and continuing through Dec. 10, large Adopt-A-Soldier boxes will be placed throughout both hospitals, according to Lake Pointe Health Network marketing manager Bobby Montgomery.

Individuals, families, businesses, schools, churches and other organizations are invited to visit either/or both hospitals and fill up the boxes with sorely-needed food and personal items, such as trail mix, cookies, nuts, cereal, candy, chips, shampoo, sunblock, toilet paper & disposable razors (see complete list below).

“You can also donate money that can help offset the cost of shipping the boxes – $12.50 for each box shipped,” he said.

Volunteers are needed Dec. 10, beginning at 1 pm, to assist employees at both hospitals to package up all the items, address mailing labels, and then transport them to the post office Dec. 13.

“The boxes we will use are large priority, flat rate boxes -  12 x 12 x 5 ½, with a weight limit of 70 lbs. The boxes are free, but shipping is $12.50 when mailed to an APO or FPO.”

The program began when hospital administrators decided to thank one of their employees and two family members currently deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq for their service in a meaningful way.

“I was contacted by my counterpart at TRMC about the Adopt a Soldier”, explained Bobby Montgomery.  ‘Since we currently have one staff member that is actively deployed, we felt it was a great thing for our employees and community to embrace and help with.  We later found that we had two additional employees with relatives that are actively deployed and will not be home for the holidays.”

“It is our way to say “Thanks You” for their dedication and service to our country in helping to protect the freedoms we appreciate each and every day in the states.”

He added that nearly 150 soldiers in the platoons of the employee and family members have now been identified to receive the care packages.

“We plan to send these items to these three soldiers.  But it is much larger than that.  Each of them have multiple soldiers in their platoon, so we plan to collect as much as possible to send to all the military men and women that are serving with those soldiers we have identified.  Currently that number is close to 150.”

To participate, contact Montgomery at 972-412-3380 extension 2239 or email him at:  robertr.montgomery@tenethealth.com.

Lake Pointe is located at 6800 Scenic Dr., Rowlett TX 75088.

Texas Regional is located at 231 South Collins, Sunnyvale TX 75182.

Approved items soldiers have requested are:

  • Baby Wipes, Waterless Soap, Hand Sanitizer, Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion, Sunblock, Aloe Vera, Deodorant, Eye Drops, Saline Spray/Drops, Kleenex, Toilet Paper, Q-Tips, Disposable Razors, Baby Powder, Foot Powder, Dr. Scholls Moleskin, Blistex, Vaseline, Carmex, Insect Repellent (Deet)
  • Writing Paper, Envelopes, Pens, Games and Puzzles (Hand Held), DVD’s and CD’s
  • Chips – Doritos, Pringles, Corn and Potato Snacks, Dips, (such as bean dip, or nacho cheese) Trail Mix, Poppycock, Butter Toffee (Popcorn),Crackers, Cookies, Power Bars, Cereal, Dried Fruit and Nuts, (Apricots, Bananas, Cherries, Mixed Fruit, Peaches, Pineapple, Raisins), Pudding, Jell-O
  • Soups (15 oz. Plastic Containers), Lasagna, Ravioli, Spaghetti, Mac & Cheese, Chili, Beef Stew, Chicken n’ Dumplins, Noodles & Chicken, (7-15 oz. Plastic Containers). Chicken, Turkey, Salmon, Tuna (7 oz. Easy Open Packs)
  • Individual Serving drinks (Crystal Light, Kool Aid, Country Time, Smuckers, Capri Sun)
  • Gum, Lifesavers, Hard Candy

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