Children at a school not far from White Rock Medical Center will start their year with the supplies and backpacks they need, thanks to the generosity of White Rock employees and physicians.
Sixty backpacks stuffed with school supplies were delivered to Oran M. Roberts Elementary School on Aug. 9.
Just five miles away from the hospital, the school is located in an area with many children and families in need, explained Gary Gulledge, referral coordinator in the Bariatric Clinic, who helped organize the donation drive at the hospital.
Either through monetary gifts or donations of items, the team rallied to make sure the students have the supplies they need to support learning. The backpacks were stuffed with all kinds of supplies, including folders, paper, journals, rulers, scissors, pencils, glue and other much-needed items.
Joyce Leonard, director of revenue integrity, and Monetta Ingram, revenue analyst, played an important behind-the-scenes role, visiting several different stores, shopping online, and bargaining with managers in order to get the best deals and stretch donations further. Some extra supplies were shared with the teachers as well.
This is the second year White Rock has donated 60 backpacks to the elementary prior to the start of the new school year.