Oncology winter coat drive warming hearts

Winter weather chilled North Carolina throughout December and the freezing temperatures continue. UNC Oncology staff teamed with their family and friends to donate more than 70 new and gently used coats to the Oncology Winter Coat Drive 2011.

Oncology winter coat drive warming hearts click to enlarge Donated coats for the Oncology Winter Coat Drive line the entrance of the CCSP Patient and Family Resource Center.

More than half of the donated coats have already been distributed to our cancer patients and their caregivers. The Patient and Family Resource Center has also given away dozens of warm hats, scarves, and gloves that have been generously donated by our community.

Tina Shaban, BSN, RN, OCN, event organizer and manager of the Patient and Family Resource Center, explains, "Our staff had noted that many patients and family members were not prepared for the cold weather, wearing only several shirts instead of outer wear, a borrowed coat that was too big or too small, or a blanket wrapped like a shawl. This drive shows the deep commitment and compassion our staff feels for the patients and families under their care."

Distribution of coats will continue through the end of January. Additional warm winter coats can be dropped off at The Patient and Family Resource Center, N.C. Cancer Hospital, Main Lobby Level. For additional information, please contact the Resource Center at 919-843-0680. To read the original story and see photos, click here.


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