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HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital Donates to Packages for Military

For the last two weeks, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital has collected items for our country’s military personnel. These items will be donated to local woman Pat Garlick for her ongoing Pride Packages effort. Garlick sends out packages of items to military personnel several times a year. This drive focused on Easter gifting.

The packages include an assortment of items that the soldiers would enjoy or that they would use but may not have access. The boxes may include decks of playing cards, candy, gum, treats, deodorant, foot powder, games, magazines, toothbrushes, toiletries, etc. These packages often go to soldiers and sailors who do not receive mail from home.

The hospital also held a change drive to help fund the mailing of the packages and $77 was collected to help with the postage.

Garlick has been sending Pride Packages for 13 years. “God has blessed me so much. I needed to do something for our troops. When my son deployed, I sent him packages. He told me that so many didn’t receive anything and that became my call to action,” Garlick said. “I never dreamed that this cause would last this long but I truly believe God has called me to this mission. I humbly appreciate the donations from HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital. It is donations like this that allow me to do this for our soldiers. To date, we have sent over 4,000 packages to our troops, and I could never have without help. I am so grateful that it makes me teary. We still have soldiers fighting for our freedom. I hope to keep doing this as long I can because they cannot be forgotten.”

“When we think of Easter, we think of the sacrifices Christ made for us,” said Lorrie Hayden, co-mission leader of mission integration at HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital. “In many ways, our soldiers are making personal sacrifices for our way of life. We also think of family time together. We decided to do this drive because our soldiers and sailors can’t be home for Easter. They can’t be with their families. We wanted them to know that they are not forgotten in whatever corner of the world they may be, and we appreciate their sacrifices, too.”


About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, visit www.hshsgoodshepherd.org.   
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visitwww.hospitalsisters.org.

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