Hospitalized children to receive holiday gifts Through UT Health Science Center’s Gifts for Children project

What: Hospitalized children will have a more cheerful holiday when they receive presents collected through the UT Health Science Center’s Gifts for Children holiday service project.

Who: The presents will be delivered to two Laredo hospitals by faculty, staff and students from the Health Science Center’s Regional Campus in Laredo. Also participating will be Laredo area high school students in the Regional Campus’ Med Ed program and AHEC programs.

Among those in the group delivering presents will be:
• Gladys Keene, M.D., M.P.H., regional dean of the Regional Campus
• Leo Cigarroa, M.D., chair of the Health Science Center’s President’s Advisory Council
• Judge Mercurio Martinez, a member of the President’s Advisory Council

When: Presents will be delivered on two days:
Monday, Dec. 20, 11 a.m.-noon at Laredo Medical Center
Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1-2 p.m. at Doctors Hospital of Laredo

Where: Please meet in the lobbies of the two hospitals to join the group to take photos and video of the gift distribution.

Details: Faculty, staff and students at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio have been collecting presents for the Gifts for Children holiday service project for more than 20 years. Gifts have been shared with children in Laredo hospitals for nearly 10 years. Faculty, staff, students and Med Ed students from the Laredo campus also collected presents as part of the Gifts for Children project.


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