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TODAY news for Thursday, December 14, 2006

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BMC needs clothing for youth patients

The LLU Behavioral Medicine Center meets many needs for its patients, including some most people wouldn’t expect.

Child and adolescent patients, for example, often need clothing. So the staff is conducting a clothing drive December 18 through January 5.

They are asking the community to donate new or gently used pants, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and socks, as well as new underwear (bras must be sports bras only).

Clothes size 7 and above for children and adolescents are needed.

Toiletries and hair accessories (scrunchies and rubber bands cannot have metal pieces) are also needed.

“Most of our children are indigent, so a lot of them come in from group homes,” explains Jana Packard, RN, nurse manager for youth services at BMC.

“They don’t have private insurance, and they don’t have families that give them clothes, so what they come in with is often what they have.”

There are three drop-off locations for donations:

• Public and media relations office at LLUMC;

• Administrative offices at LLUMC-East Campus Hospital; and

• Reception at BMC.

For more information, call Pauline Deeb at (909) 558-3554.

By Heather Reifsnyder

TODAY news for Thursday, December 14, 2006