It may seem a bit early to think about Christmas and gift giving, but for Residential Clinical Services and the Senior Angels campaign, it’s a great time to get started! On Friday, RCS held the first of four Stuff the Ambulance events, which will each take place at the Walgreens in Hobart.
The collection is meant to provide gifts and other needed items for senior citizens of Northwest Indiana during the holidays. The idea came to Donna Brandy, Director of Marketing for RCS, last November, when she noticed that many seniors could use a bit of help around the holidays.
“We created Senior Angels last November because we have so many seniors in the community that are in need,” said Brandy. “You see stuff the bus. So, I thought being in the healthcare field, ‘Why not get the ambulance to come help us?’”
Elite Ambulance provided that partnership this year and brought out a few crew members to help with the collections. Getting out into the community during non-emergency events is a vital part of community outreach and provides them with the opportunity to help support the communities they work in.
“It’s good to let the community know that we’re out here, and we’re here for them. It’s a fun thing and the public needs to know there are resources there if they need it,” said Maryanne Reid, Dispatch Manager and Portage Garage Manager for Elite Ambulance. “Everyone focuses on the kids at Christmas, and they’re important, but many of our elderly spend that time alone, so it’s nice to help.”
The EMT’s present were also excited to take part in the event and let the community know that they were there for more than just emergencies.
“I like showing the community that we care. It’s fun to interact with the community in a way that isn’t related to tragedy; it shows them that we’re more than just a transport company,” said Lauren Zubrick, an EMT with Elite Ambulance.
As the event continued, community members could be seen donating gifts to fill the ambulance, often commenting on what a wonderful thing this is to see in the community. Those working within Walgreens witnessed the impact and importance this event carried as well.
“Donna Brandy was here last year for this. She does so much for the community, and we’ve done a couple of health fairs with her and Residential Clinical Services,” said Shawn Plys, a Manager for Walgreens. “I like to help our seniors; my favorite part of the job is being the corner drug store and seeing them each day.”
Community partners and sponsors are vital to the success of this event and those that Residential Clinical Services hosts in the future. Other locations that have volunteered to be drop off locations include Sebo’s Nursing and Rehabilitation, Oak Street Health, Walgreens in Hobart, Elite Ambulance of Portage, First Midwest Bank, First Light Home Care, Belvedere Senior Housing and ComForCare.
For more information on Residential Clinical Services, visit: http://www.rcshomehealthcare.com/
For more information about the Senior Angels program, visit them on Facebook.
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