2013-06-28 / Business

“Care Kits” drive nets hundreds of items for families with hospitalized children

Contributed by the DuBose Group

A group of Columbia businesses collected piles of personal care items in early 2013 to assist parents dealing with the unexpected hospitalization of a child. The toiletries will be made into “Care Kits” and distributed to families of children in the pediatric intensive care and pedi- atric intermediate intensive care units at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital.

The Care Kits are the brainchild of Christy Sears of South Carolina REALTORS, who was moved to create them after her newborn son spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit in 2011. Since then, her friends, family, and a group of Columbia businesses have joined her in her efforts, enabling her to donate more than 300 Care Kits to families who often rush to the hospital without bringing essential personal care items. For more information about Care Kits, visit http://taketimetakecare.com/.

Participants in the drive included Century Fasteners Corp., Carolina Endodontics, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, South Carolina Dental Association, South Carolina Health Care Association, Power Engineering Company, Inc., DuBose Web Group, Research Associates, The Evaluation Group, South Carolina Medical Association, SC Security Systems, UnitedHealthcare, South Carolina REALTORS, Columbia Conference Center, Diversified Development, and South Carolina Broadcasters Association. Many of these companies are located in the Westpark office park in northwest Columbia.

The Westpark companies are holding a drive for care package items for Blue Star Mothers. Blue Star Mothers is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides a variety of services to soldiers, like sending care packages containing personal, food, and entertainment items to active-duty servicemen and women. If your organization would like to participate in the drive, please contact Columbia Conference Center at 803-772-9811 or visit www.columbiameetings.com. Columbia Conference Center gives all of its net profits to charities.

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