Troops at Fort Hood give of their time and resources to help children in need Military men and women may never tire of hearing “thank you” for their service. They are involved in a level of sacrifice that takes great […]
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Thank You to Our Troops—“A Bottomless Well of Generosity”

by Jill Taylor on May 27, 2014

in Community Involvement

Troops at Fort Hood give of their time and resources to help children in need

Military men and women may never tire of hearing “thank you” for their service. They are involved in a level of sacrifice that takes great character and still find ways to give even more.

McLane Children’s has received countless donations from active and retired military volunteers. Soldiers give their time, resources and strength to lift the spirits of children in the community.

thankyou“It’s amazing they’re already giving a level of service that most of us don’t even think about, with the service they give to their country,” says Ellen Hansen, RN, BSN, MS. “It’s a bottomless well of generosity, and it’s inspiring to see them continue to reach out.”

Hansen is the Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operating Officer at McLane Children’s Hospital and personally adds her thanks to the troops. She speaks on behalf of the hospital whenever a generous act is performed and says it’s one of the best parts of her job.

“It just goes to show what kind of people we have serving our country”

“It just goes to show what kind of people we have serving our country—they’re just amazing,” says Hansen.

Reaching Out to Children

When troops enter the hallways of a hospital, they bring with them a quiet reverence and respect. They light up the faces of children, family and staff members alike.

“When children see the men and women in uniform it gives them sense of respect for the military,” says Hansen. “Their days are often long, and it’s nice to have visitors.”

One of the generous acts that troops perform every year is arranging a gift donation around the holidays. Hundreds of toys will show up in the lobby of McLane Children’s Hospital for parents to browse and select a gift for their child in the hospital. The gifts are for all ages and it takes pressure off of families who may not want to leave their child’s side to go shopping. The gifts are then wrapped and distributed to the children on Christmas morning.

“It really makes them feel special,” says Hansen.

Recently, members of the Fort Hood community donated over 1,000 filled eggs for the Easter Extravaganza. They also set up tables with information for families who may need resources or have questions about healthcare.

Troops continue to reach out with various events in the community and even come to read to children and siblings in the hospital.

Bringing a Renewed Spirit of Care

“There are challenges and frustrations being in healthcare for over 30 years, but when you walk out of your office to greet a group of soldiers who have taken their time to make the day better in the life of a child, it is very inspiring,” says Hansen. “It re-energizes me.”

Troops and McLane Children’s Team Up

With Fort Hood being such a large military institution, there are many families from around the country with varying health needs. Whether children have acute or chronic problems, McLane Children’s is committed to providing resources to military families so they can better manage their children’s health.

“We’d like to be that primary source for them to call if they have concerns about their child’s health,” says Hansen. “We try our best to relieve some of the stress that is placed on these families who already deal with so much.”

Moving forward, McLane will team up with soldiers for helping with issues like child abuse and better educating the community.

“We’re looking forward to really figuring out ways to develop a mutually beneficial relationship,” says Hansen. “They’ve opened that door and we want to reciprocate however we can help them and their families.”

Inspired by our military? Find out how you can volunteer your help or other ways of giving to McLane Children’s.

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