Monday, August 4, 2014

Cox Branson back-to-school drive aims to keep kids healthy

Cox Medical Center Branson continues CoxHealth's 2014 back-to school collection drives to help children as they prepare to go back to school.

Cox Branson is collecting items to help Branson students stay healthy this school year.

Employees and volunteers are being encouraged to donate boxes of facial tissues, gallon-sized and sandwich-sized plastic storage bags, disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer.

Donation boxes will be located in the Skaggs Foundation/Media Relations office, Suite 404 in Plaza One, as well as in the cafeteria.

The drive runs through Aug. 15. Items collected will be distributed to Branson elementary schools.

“It's so important for all students to begin the new school year with the proper supplies, but some of our students just don't have them or the means to get them,” said Brenda Romine, Branson Public Schools communication director. “These school supplies include basics such as tissues, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. We always strive to keep the germs in the classrooms to a minimum and these items help with that objective. We are so grateful to the CoxHealth employees for helping us with this effort. Not only will our students feel good about having the supplies needed for school, but these specific items, thanks to the employees at Cox Branson, will keep our students healthier throughout the school year.”

“With kids of my own in the Branson district, I have seen first-hand the struggles many parents have with providing the basic back-to-school supplies for their children, let alone items that could be considered extras,” said Scott Winslow, manager, Cox Medical Center Branson Outpatient Therapy Services. “It is so humbling to be able to be a part of a donation drive that will help ensure Branson classrooms are well stocked with these items. The fact that these items will help keep our Branson kids healthy this school year makes it that much better.”

The Branson back-to-school donation drive is in conjunction with CoxHealth donation drives in Springfield and Monett.