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Teddy Bears for Tots Event Donates to Pediatric Patients

Sponsored by ASIS Houston Chapter

On Thursday, June 21, NextGen Security hosted Teddy Bears for Tots, a breakfast and toy giveaway, at C.E. Odom Pediatric and Adolescent Health Center for patients and their families.
NextGen Security is affiliated with the Houston chapter of ASIS International, an organization for security professionals that issues various certifications, standards and guidelines for the security profession.
Jennifer Buck, manager, Community Involvement, coordinated the event alongside Lynsey Hanks, account manager, NextGen Security. Harris Health’s relationship with the Houston chapter of ASIS has developed into an annual event where one of the organization’s members delivers toys to patientsat a chosen Harris Health facility.
“We’ve been the grateful recipient of their generosity for several years now,” Jennifer says. “We look forward to partnering with them next year to bring even more bears to more pediatric patients. The goal is to have ASIS visit all three pediatric health centers next year.”
Per ASIS International’s request, NextGen was instructed to deliver the goods for staff to set up and distribute. However, through Lynsey’s leadership, she and her coworkers personally gifted teddy bears, crayons, coloring books and breakfast to patients and their families.

“We’re committed to making a yearly donation on behalf of both organizations, but we want to do more than just donate,” Lynsey says. “This years’ experience was amazing because it served as a reminder to be appreciative for what we have.”
Darlene Sierra, MSN, RN, nurse manager, C.E. Odom and Bear Creek Pediatric Adolescent Health Centers, says both the gifts and the camaraderie were greatly appreciated by patients’ families.
“We serve a vulnerable patient population with limited resources and Harris Health is committed to enhancing their patient care experience at our clinical sites,” Darlene says. “It means a lot to put a smile on a child’s face and ease their fears while visiting their doctor. It was special to see their faces light up and witness their parents’ gratitude.”