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Staff joins forces for 2011 Easter Basket Drive, looks ahead to next project

Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry staff reached out to at-risk Dallas children in April through participation in the 2011 Easter Basket Drive supporting Child Protective Services caseworkers.

2011 Easter Basket Drive
TAMHSC-BCD's Easter baskets filled
with goodies were among 1,000
donated during the holiday weekend.

This was the 10th year of the Community Partners of Dallas-based project that aims to reach 1,000 children through the course of Easter weekend. Community Partners is a nonprofit group that assists more than 16,000 abused and neglected children by facilitating caseworker outreach efforts. The children’s caseworkers presented them with the baskets during the holiday weekend.

In all, TAMHSC-BCD staff members contributed 47 baskets brimming with goodies. These targeted a broad age group ranging from toddlers to teenagers. While customized with age appropriate items, stuffed animals or books, all baskets from the college included the common staples: Easter grass; candy; and plastic eggs.

A group effort

Donating was easy, as employees were given the option to drop off their basket items during the April Staff Forum meeting or to the Office of Communications & Institutional Advancement.

The college’s role in the Easter Basket Drive received help from both the BCD Staff Forum and the Employee Activity Organization. In addition to donating items, many staff members got together to assemble the baskets.

A number of individuals spearheaded the drive, including Gail Parrigin-Clark and Sandra Stansbury in financial services, Richard Cardenas and Tony Keller in public health sciences, and Lori Dees in communications and institutional advancement.

2011 Easter Basket Drive
The project, now in its 10th year, allows Child Protective Services
caseworkers (above) to reach out to children with the Easter baskets.

Looking ahead

In true TAMHSC-BCD fashion, staff members are considering another outreach project this summer: donating backpacks for kindergarteners through second-graders filled with necessary supplies ranging from binders and notebook paper to colored pencils and uniforms.

Details on college staff’s exact role in the Back-to-School Drive are still pending. This Community Partners of Dallas project will assist nearly 2,000 children in gearing up for the 2011-2012 school year.