UCI Medical Center nurses collecting care packages for the troops

May 06, 2019

In honor of nurses week, occurring this year May 6-12, UCI Medical Center nurses are collecting and assembling care packages to send to the troops.

Nursing staff will be gathering, assembling and shipping boxes containing a variety of care items. A thank you note will also be included in each package.

“We want to thank the troops for their service to us, said Pat Patton, RN, MSN, chief nursing officer for the UCI Medical Center. “Care packages enhance the morale and well-being of the deployed servicemen and women worldwide, and is a great way to thank our national heroes for their sacrifice in serving our country.”

Suggested donation items, include:

Hygiene items:

  • Mouthwash
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Baby wipes
  • Deodorant
  • Disposable Razors
  • Batteries (AA, AAA, C,and D)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Shampoo
  • Socks
  • Sunscreen and hand lotion

Food and Drink items:

  • Instant coffee packages
  • Beef jerky
  • Canned fruit (pop top cans)
  • Cookies and granola bars
  • Gum and candy (heat-resistant)
  • Cough drops
  • Instant oatmeal and ramen noodles

Donations can be dropped off during business hours this week, until Friday evening at the UCI Medical Center in Orange, the Santa Ana Family Health Center or the UCI Health Yorba Linda Multispecialty clinic.

Military personnel from the United States Army, Marine Corp, and USO will be at the UCI Medical Center in Orange on Saturday, May 11 at 1:30pm to receive the care packages.


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