The holiday season is in full swing and many families are looking for ways to give back, whether through time, gifts or monetary donations. For individuals hoping to support patients in the Texas Medical Center, here’s a list of organizations where some extra effort will make a big difference in the lives of the individuals they serve—especially during this time of giving.
Nora’s Home, which offers transplant patients and their families an affordable place to stay in a home-like environment, has a wish list and pantry drive to benefit their guests. Volunteers can also sign up to serve as chef(s) of the day or to host a holiday game night.
Staff at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center are organizing a toy drive for their pediatric patients. They have been collecting new, unwrapped toys to be hand-delivered by Santa Claus on Dec. 20. TIRR Memorial Hermann, the rehabilitation hospital, is also collecting unwrapped gifts to be donated to children at the Houston Area Women’s Center. In addition, the Volunteer Services department at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical center is collecting new donations of the following items:
- Coloring books
- Colored pencils
- Men’s jogging pants and shirts (sizes: L, XL and XXL)
- Decks of cards
- Card games
- Crossword puzzle books for adults
- Find-a-word books for adults
- Books for teens
Donors can call the Volunteer Office at 713-704-4141 to schedule a time to drop off items. Donations will be accepted Monday through Friday through Friday, Dec. 21 at noon.
UTMB’s Department of Pediatrics is hosting its annual toy and book drive. Donations of an unwrapped toy for children of all ages will be accepted through Dec. 18 at the following locations:
- Pediatric Administration Office, Research Building #6, Room 3.300
- UTMB Primary Care Pavilion-Pediatric Clinic (ask for Crystal J. Williams)
- UTMB Pediatric Center at Bay Colony (ask Tia Jaynes)
- Individuals may also call Tayna Vazquez at 409-772-5270 to make other arrangements.
In addition, UTMB is hosting their annual “Project Holiday Cheer”—an event sponsored by UTMB-Volunteer Services which benefits patients and their families during the holiday season. Those interested in donating or helping with gift wrapping, sorting or distribution should email email@example.com.
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