PHK and Wal-Mart Partner for Rainbow Room

KAUFMAN, Texas — Presbyterian Hospital of Kaufman (PHK) employees presented a check to Child Protective Services (CPS) Supervisor Christi Campbell for the organization’s Rainbow Room emergency resource center for children. In a partnership developed by Director of Patient Care Jim Bryant and PHK nurses Evelyn Daugherty and Michelle Crouch, hospital employees and medical staff physicians raised $1,387 through a holiday raffle, and Wal-Mart contributed $1,750, exceeding its commitment to match funds raised by the hospital.

In addition to purchasing and selling raffle tickets, PHK employees also donated new and used children’s clothing for the Rainbow Room. Funds raised by PHK employees and Wal-Mart will be used to purchase necessities including food, clothing, personal hygiene items, school supplies and car seats for the CPS Center. "This gift helps us provide for children in need," said CPS Supervisor Campbell. In the past, PHK has provided the Rainbow Room with baby formula samples and baby food. Carol Wilson, Vice President of the Kaufman County Child Welfare Board, noted that it really helps to have these supplies on hand at the Rainbow Room. "That way, they are not running out to shop for formula and diapers at the moment when they are needed," she said.

Originally conceived by outpatient surgical nurses Daugherty and Crouch as a Christmas fundraising project, the raffle was held last December. Hospital employees purchased and sold raffle tickets to friends, family and community members for the chance to win a stereo system provided for PHK by Wal-Mart at half price and other items donated by area businesses. After Daugherty and Crouch decided to hold the raffle, Bryant approached the Terrell Wal-Mart store with a matching proposition. "I realized that Evelyn and Michelle had a great idea, and I thought Wal-Mart’s participation would really increase the momentum and make this a community effort."

The Rainbow Room is an emergency resource center for children whose basic needs are not being met in their home environments. The goal is to help provide necessities for children in such homes and forestall the neglectful conditions that compel foster care placement. The Rainbow Room also provides for children being placed in foster care. Such transitions are usually unplanned, and children often go into foster care with little more than the clothes they are wearing at the time of the move.