Margie Dolinski's professional life has been dedicated to providing services for the patients of the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center. Most of the patients and their families are at poverty level and have few resources and tend to have fewer resources after a family member is diagnosed with a catastrophic illness.
CARES, the Center Auxiliary for Recruitment, Education, and Service, is the auxiliary of the Los Angeles County+University of Southern California Medical Center. CARES, a California nonprofit corporation, provides financial support and volunteer services. Its primary mission is to benefit the patients by adding comfort to their hospital stay and to provide services which help the patients and their families access quality healthcare. My role in CARES is to expand services by reaching out to community partners for their assistance through funding, in-kind donations, and volunteer services. Much networking with the management of the Medical Center is vital to ensure that CARES is knowledgeable when new projects or services are needed.
Holiday Giving for the Pediatric patients, the siblings of the pediatric patients, and the children of parents who are adult patients at the Los Angeles Co/University of Southern California Medical Center
The LAC+USC MC makes treatment available to every member of our community, including the poorest of the poor. CARES helps to provide for our patients what the Medical Center cannot. WE ARE IN DESPERATE NEED OF TOYS AND GIFTS FOR OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING PROGRAM in December 2018. Funding for gifts is also imperative. Often, we do not get gifts for older children 12-17 and boy gifts are always less than girl gifts. Funding is needed to make sure that no child is left out. The donations of gifts are needed by November 15th so they can be sorted by age and gender. CARES, aka, Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center Auxiliary is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
Though the goal is to provide gifts to these children it is difficult not to mention that food gift cards or funding for food gift cards are needed. When a patient is asked, “What gift would your child want most?” and the reply is “FOOD.” It is a request that is most difficult to provide as most of us would rather give toys, however this is a very real need for many of these families.
Last year our Social Services Department, after financial screening, referred approximately 600 families in need who could not afford gifts for their children. Each child received a large Santa Claus Gift sack with their name on it, filled with gifts that had been specifically selected for them! Their excitement and smiles at receiving the gifts brought tears to those giving the gifts! Many families had requested warm clothing and received clothing from our Thrift Shop, because no donations of new clothing were available. Clothing, as well as toys, is greatly appreciated by the families.
Today, I am imploring you to help CARES to not only bring smiles of joy to hundreds of parents and their children, but to boost the morale of the parents, knowing that their children will be remembered during the holidays. As I mentioned, any donation of toys, clothes and/or money would be greatly appreciated!
We welcome you to visit our website at lacusccares.org. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND CONSIDERATION!!!