Over 200 toys were collected by Portsmouth Ambulance and Southern Ohio Medical Center’s (SOMC) Progressive Care Unit nurses. The toys were then given to non-profit organization, the Broken Need a Healing.
Organized by Portsmouth Ambulance, the team called upon the help of the Progressive Care Unit nurses, who collect items each year.
“We’d like to make this something that we do annually with Portsmouth Ambulance and the Broken Need a Healing group,” said Assistant Nursing Manager, Kathy Moore. “We had doctors, nurses, all sorts of people donating this year.”
The Broken Need a Healing was established four years ago in an attempt to reach those in need. Manned by a group of volunteers, the organization takes to the streets to deliver food, clothing, blankets. They also provide community meals and meet other needs. The organization is currently working to build an on-site service center on the corner of Campbell Avenue and Seventh Street in Portsmouth.
“We were thinking it would be one or two but since they’ve abundantly blessed us, we’re going to take it back and sort it out. We plan to go over to the homeless shelter with Santa Claus,” said the Broken Need a Healing’s Renee Dunkin. “We’re also planning on going to abandoned houses, under the bridges, the parks and out on the streets. We’re definitely going to have to expand where we go. This is going to be a blessing and a half.”
For more information about the Broken Need a Healing, you can visit their Facebook page by searching “The Broken Need a Healing.”
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