In the spirit of the season and community partnership, Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital employees and volunteers recently participated in several Heights area holiday events to collect toys for children as well as food and blankets for the homeless and needy.
“The holiday season is the time of year for giving,” said Susan Jadlowski, Sr. Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital. “The blanket, food and toy collection this holiday season is an example of the many acts of kindness that our staff generously demonstrates throughout the year to show their commitment to the Greater Heights community as well as their compassion for the residents. It also celebrates and reinforces the Memorial Hermann culture of caring.”
The hospital joined with the Friends of Woodland Park (FWP) to collect more than 35 blankets that were donated to the Star of Hope Mission. It was a first time partnership between Memorial Hermann Greater Heights and FWP.
“The Friends of Woodland Park is grateful to have Memorial Hermann Greater Heights as a community partner,” said Felicia Zbranek, a member of the FWP Board of Directors, adding that Dacapo’s Pastry Café also helped sponsor the blanket collection. “Having community partners like Memorial Hermann Greater Heights helps us to help those who are in need.”
Memorial Hermann Greater Heights employees also helped collect toys and food as well as arranged for the delivery of the goods to the Heights Interfaith Ministries. The toy and food drive was in conjunction with Lights in the Heights, a recurring community holiday event that has been running for nearly 30 years.
“It takes many sponsors and volunteers to put on an event like Lights in the Heights, but are thankful that Memorial Hermann Greater Heights for doing its part to help in many ways to make this year’s Lights in the Heights happen,” said Jan Greer of the Woodland Heights Civic Association. “We look forward to partnering with the hospital again in 2017.”
The Harriet and Joe Foster Family YMCA at 1234 West 34th Street also was the recipient of toy collected at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital. The December toy drive is an annual partnership between the hospital and the Heights-area YMCA.
“We are appreciative of the Memorial Hermann Greater Heights’ donation,” said Dawn Dunn, Community Executive Director, Harriet and Joe Foster Family YMCA. “It is the generosity of community partners like Memorial Hermann Greater Heights that helps us to make the holidays a happier time for children in the Greater Heights community.”