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TAMHSC-BCD makes holidays happier for less fortunate

Lori DeesThe holidays were warmer, happier and more filling for beneficiaries of three local charities thanks to the generosity of Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry students, faculty and staff who donated clothing, toys and food in December.

More than 100 children received gifts through the college’s support of a toy drive benefiting Community Partners of Dallas, a charity that restores dignity and hope to abused and neglected children in our community.

“In a year of financial uncertainty, our students, faculty and staff were more generous than ever,” said Lori Dees, administrative coordinator in communications & institutional advancement, who coordinated the effort. “It was heartwarming to listen to them talk about choosing their cards and why, and listening to them when they came back so happy to have done something special for someone else.”

Dees believes the best thing about this year’s toy drive was the participation. She sent out one announcement e-mail and posted the cards. She never had to send a reminder; people just showed up in droves and all the cards were taken. Even then, people still wanted to help.

“I thanked them for their offer and directed them to the other great activities here like the food drive and the clothing drive,” Dees said.

Student food driveThe college’s student chapter of the Texas Association of Women Dentists collected a huge quantity of gently used clothing for men, women and children of all ages. The items were donated to the Genesis Women’s Shelter, which helps women and children who have left abusive situations.

Psi Omega and the Student National Dental Association conjointly spearheaded a food drive benefiting the East Dallas Food Pantry. Donated foods filled two flatbeds.

“It took three cars all loaded up to transport all the donations,” said Moira Allen, director of student affairs. “Our dental school family is very generous and giving.”