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Wounded Warriors Homes Launches Volunteer Program

Plus, the Ronald McDonald House receives an incredible donation from Tempur-Pedic and Tri-City Hospital Foundation’s annual shoe drive begins

By Shelby Todd

Wounded Warrior Homes is seeking a few good volunteers to organize food drives, plan fundraisers, or even help with yard work at its transitional residences for veterans with traumatic brain injuries or PTSD. The non-profit focused on providing veterans with a safe environment while they transition back to civilian life has launched a new volunteer program called Community Warriors. The Community Warriors program will support the mission of Wounded Warrior Homes to end veteran homelessness by expanding their outreach in the San Diego community. Volunteers will have a choice of service opportunities including weekly office hours, monthly yard work and maintenance days, or annual fundraising and event planning work.

“We intend to expand our program to support more veterans and become a leader in ending veteran homelessness in the United States. With more than 40,000 veterans on the streets in America, we have an urgency to expand to help every hero before they’re forgotten to time,” said Community Warriors program leader Justin Hoke.

Ronald McDonald House Tempur-Pedic

The Ronald McDonald House has 100 new beds thanks to Tempur-Pedic

Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego has received 100 mattresses, foundations, and bedframes from Tempur-Pedic. This donation, valued at over $100,000, will provide families of hospitalized children much needed comfort in the charity’s overnight guest rooms. Over 60 volunteers spent time removing the old beds from the organization’s 56 guestrooms to make room. A local donor also provided new bedding and pillows to complete the guest room revamp. This donation will help the Ronald McDonald House provide a more comfortable experience to the families of the critically ill or injured children being treated at San Diego-area hospitals.

“Providing families with a comfortable place to stay gives them the chance to stay close and provide support to their hospitalized child,” said Chuck Day, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. “We are grateful to receive this generous donation from Tempur-Pedic to enhance our accommodations and help us create an emotional and physical sanctuary for the families we serve.”

The Tri-City Hospital Foundation is now accepting donations in honor of National Shoe the World Day. Now through March 13, residents and local businesses are encouraged to donate new or unused shoes, socks, sweatpants, and sweatshirts to provide proper foot protection and clothing to patients being discharged from hospitals. This annual drive was inspired by Tri-City Medical nurse Imelda Browning who gave a patient her own shoes in order for them to be safely discharged from the hospital.

Patients often come to hospitals in pajamas or without shoes, but Tri-City Medical Center’s commitment to patient safety prevents them from being able to discharge patients in that same condition. Donation bins are located in the main lobby of Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, the Tri-City Hospital Foundation office on the first floor, and at Tri-City Wellness Center in Carlsbad.

“This drive has become one we look forward to every year because it provides a solution for the simple yet critical necessity that anyone can contribute to,” said Tri-City Hospital Foundation President Jennifer Paroly. “Every donation makes a direct and positive difference in the lives of patients in need in our local community.”

Wounded Warrior Homes is seeking volunteers to help out with its veterans programs

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