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EAO Easter Basket Assembly for Community Partners of Dallas

Richard Cardenas, administrative
coordinator in public health sciences;
Corinne Karp; Vanessa Fuquay; Tony Keller,
administrative assistant in public health sciences;
and Greer Reimer.

Photos by Steven Doll

Longstanding partnership between TAMHSC-BCD and Dallas nonprofit continues with Easter initiative

Just a couple blocks from the dental school, nestled within the shadow of the city skyline, sits the Meadows District office of Community Partners of Dallas. The nonprofit, which assists more than 16,000 abused and neglected children in Dallas each year, isn’t just Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry’s neighbor; it’s also a longtime partner.

Paige McDaniel, the nonprofit’s president and CEO, says in her 10 years at the organization she thinks TAMHSC-BCD has been one of the longest-running supporters of the Holiday Toy Drive, which occurs every year in early December.

“We appreciate the college’s help so much,” says McDaniel. “It’s not just been since we’ve been over here next to the school,” she adds, referring to the organization’s move three years ago to its current location, which they’ll lease for another seven years.

EAO Easter Basket Assembly for Community Partners of Dallas
Staff members gathered during lunch on March 26 to assemble the 40 Easter
baskets donated to Community Partners of Dallas. CLOCKWISE, FROM LEFT:
Sandra Stansbury, accounting technician in financial services; Keller; Cardenas;
Maggie Castillo, administrative coordinator in pediatric dentistry; and Lisa Sharpe,
financial specialist in financial services.

It means there are still plenty of opportunities for TAMHSC-BCD staff, faculty and students to help out their neighbor.

Most recently, the college’s Employee Activity Organization and Staff Forum contributed to Community Partners’ 2012 Easter Basket Drive, which benefits Dallas-area children under Child Protective Services’ care.

The entire TAMHSC-BCD community was invited to donate Easter eggs, grass, toys and candy, which were assembled into 40 baskets during lunchtime March 26.

“Everyone liked being able to do as much or as little as they wanted,” says Richard Cardenas, administrative coordinator in public health sciences and president of EAO, who helped organize the event. “Some people brought entire baskets; others opted to bring candy, grass or other individual items. I think that’s what made it such a success, because people brought what they could.”

Other ways to help throughout the year:

  • August – Back-to-School Drive: Donate school supply wish list items, make a monetary donation, or help inventory supplies and assemble backpacks.
  • October – Coat Drive: Donate new coats to the Community Partners of Dallas Central Location or make a monetary donation. Coats ranging in size from newborn to adult are accepted.
  • December – Holiday Toy Drive: Businesses and organizations can serve as sponsors, fill wish cards, organize a toy drive, make a monetary donation or volunteer time.