Health System Back-to-School Drive a Huge Success


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All items were donated to Weymouth Youth & Family Services and the Weymouth Food Pantry. From pencils and crayons to glue sticks and scissors, local students in Weymouth are well equipped for the new school year thanks to South Shore Health's School Supply Donation Drive. Throughout the month of August, colleagues collected school supplies and "snack packs" to provide local students with the tools they need for success in the classroom.

The Patient Relations and Service Excellence team coordinated the donation drive and promoted it throughout our health system. They included a list of suggested supplies and snacks to ensure kids got what they needed most for the new school year. There were designated donation spots throughout the Health System, and members of our Emergency Medical Services team helped deliver the supplies using one of our ambulances.

"It was amazing to see the excitement from colleagues across our health system," said Lisa Rabideau, director of Patient Relations and Service Excellence. "And it was especially rewarding to see the enthusiasm from the departments who organized their own collection efforts. I'm so proud to work with so many amazing people."

Team of volunteers surrounding table with donations
Members of South Shore Hospital's Environmental Services Team. They were one of several departments in the hospital that donated

The drive was so successful that there was enough for additional supplies that may be needed throughout the school year and to share with local schools. “We are extremely appreciative of the generosity of South Shore Health's colleagues,” says Kathy Collins, director, Weymouth Youth and Family Services.

A special “thank you” to the colleagues in Environmental Services, Emerson 3, Pratt 3, Pre-Surgery, and Coop’s Troops – Celebrating Cora Foundation, for orchestrating collections within their departments to donate towards the drive.


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