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Duke University Hospital Gives Back to Troops

June 27, 2011 by  

Our men and women who are oversees on the front lines sacrifice a lot.  Spearheaded by Deidra Powell and in conjunction with Military Missions in Action and Duke University Hospital’s employee recognition committee, they’ve recognized these sacrifices and have made an effort to give back.

A single mother, Deidra Powell felt lost when one of her two sons left for his first deployment with the U.S. Marines and her second son left for boot camp.

She decided to get active and get to work.  She led a ministry at her church to send care packages to military service men and women overseas, and coordinated visits to a hospital in Bethesda, MD, to visit wounded Marines there.

Powell is a senior information technology analyst at the Duke Clinical Research Institute, and on Sunday she joined a group of volunteers in the hospital cafeteria to sort and put together 1,000 care packages for Marines from the 3rd Battalion 6th Marine Regiment, known as the “Devil Dogs,” that’s based out of Camp Lejeune.  These care packages contain items such as toothbrushes, socks, wipes, Pringles, and shaving cream.  The items had been collected at the hospital over a month’s time to send to the Marines in Afghanistan.

Brian Anderson, assistant director of human resources at Duke University Hospital said, “I didn’t know it was going to be this large”.

The hospital’s employee recognition committee helped to organize the drive as part of an effort to give back to the community, as well as to recognize employees for their work and contributions.

When I saw this come across my news feed, I felt it was something worth sharing with those of you that manage your hospital’s employee recognition programs.  What a great campaign to involve those from the community as well as fellow care givers to help recognize the efforts and sacrifices of those who are serving in our Armed Forces.

Award Concepts applauds Duke University Hospital for taking part in this campaign.  We are willing to offer our design department services to hospitals wanting to put on similar campaigns and needing materials to market the effort to their employees and communities.  Contact us today if you would like to utilize these services.