Texas Tech Physicians Christmas in July for Kids

Christmas in July

The Children’s Home of Lubbock has a number of children they help every day. And a little help from Santa Claus this summer now will give their children a comfortable place to sleep.
“I can just imagine our kids coming home and getting a great nights sleep all because of the generosity of Texas Tech Physicians,” said Jimmy Moore from the Children’s Home of Lubbock.

Christmas came early for three local community non-profit organizations as Texas Tech Physicians hosted Christmas in July for Kids. Texas Tech Physicians Christmas in July for Kids benefited Children’s Home of Lubbock, Ronald McDonald House and Women’s Protective Services in hopes of bringing much needed items during the summer months. Matt Driskill, Texas Tech Physicians – Surgery administrator, said this has been a unified effort to help the children of West Texas.

Christmas in July group

“We always hear of the great efforts made during the Christmas holidays, but Texas Tech Physicians wanted to help these wonderful organizations during the summer months,” Driskill said. “We asked each one what their main needs were especially for children and our faculty and staff really came out to support the children of these organizations.”

Collected items

Items such as comforter sets, cleaning supplies, clothing and school supplies were donated. Approximately $6,000 in donations and cash was contributed.

“We fly through supplies with the amount of clients we help throughout the year,” said Emmanuel Ramirez from the Ronald McDonald House. “To receive these donations is huge for us.”
Women’s Protective Services requested school supplies and were excited to load the items to take back to their non-profit community.
“Now many of our kids will have a great first day of school,” said Kim Reid with Women’s Protective Services. “Having the basic supplies help them feel like they fit in, and it makes a huge impact with the kids we serve.”

“Our hope is that others in the community also will see this drive and think of these organizations and others that need help year round and not just at Christmas time,” Driskill said.
About the organizations:
Children’s Home of Lubbock – on any given day, an average of 145 boys and girls are in
care in their various programs. Their mission is to care for children and families in crisis.
Ronald McDonald House – families are provided with the stability and resources needed,
whether staying nearby to support a hospitalized child, affording to stay together in an
unfamiliar city while a child is undergoing treatment or even to receiving basic medical
care in a vulnerable or rural community.
Women’s Protective Services specializes in advocacy for those who experience domestic
violence by providing a safe environment, offering community education, prevention,
rehabilitation of violent family members, encouraging transition to self-sufficiency and
advocating for the prevention and elimination of family violence.

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Texas Tech Physicians

Texas Tech Physicians is a physician group and part of the School of Medicine and the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.

Clinics are located in Amarillo, El Paso, Lubbock and the Permian Basin, encompassing 108 counties of Texas and New Mexico comprising 103,000 square miles with a population of 2.6 million people. Receiving care in a medical school setting is unique – many Texas Tech Physicians are also teachers. They must remain up-to-date in new treatments and diagnostics, not only to care for their patients, but also to pass on that knowledge to resident physicians, physicians studying in fellowships and medical students.

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F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health

In 2001, TTUHSC received a $1 million annual state funding appropriation to support the Office of Rural and Community Health. In 2006, the office received one of the largest private donations in TTUHSC history, creating the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health and TTUHSC’s rural–focused outreach, workforce and research initiatives. The institute serves as the primary liaison with communities across the 108–county TTUHSC service area. These community partnerships provide both the framework and the mechanism for achieving the mission of improving the health of West Texans.