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Lakewood Regional Medical Center’s ‘Project Shepherd’ Collects Toys and Food for Needy Families

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City of Lakewood, Vice Mayor, Diane DuBois and Lakewood Regional Medical Center, CEO, John Grah, accompanied by hospital staff during holiday toy drive.

City of Lakewood, Vice Mayor, Diane DuBois and Lakewood Regional Medical Center, CEO, John Grah (center) accompanied by hospital staff during holiday toy drive.

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Lakewood Regional Medical Center is proud to announce the successful participation in Project Shepherd’s “Teddy Bear Tree” program. A staggering 300 pounds of food were collected during this city-sponsored drive for families in need.

With a strong show of support from Lakewood Regional Medical Center’s employees, both toys and food were collected for “Project Shepherd.” The toys were carefully selected by employees to fulfill the wishes of children who otherwise might not have been able to receive a gift this Christmas.

“The spirit of generosity among our staff really shone in this year’s Teddy Bear Tree program,” said Lakewood Regional Medical Center’s CEO John Grah. “As always, I was proud of our employees who really pitched in to help make a difference for families who need a helping hand to have a merry Christmas.”

Over the days that the drive was in full swing, cans and boxes of food piled high, and toys and clothes came rolling in. The entire administration team at Lakewood Regional Medical Center and many of the staff members joined together to donate holiday gifts for children in our community.

“It was exciting to see the teddy bear tags disappear from the tree in the lobby of the hospital,” said City of Lakewood’s Vice Mayor Diane DuBois. “Each time it happened, it meant that someone had committed to buying a gift for that particular child. And that’s what this program is all about—bringing joy to children in need at Christmas, to make sure they have something to smile about on Christmas morning.”

Project Shepherd’s Teddy Bear program continues through the holiday season and the food drive continues year-round. Residents can continue to make donations on the city website at www.lakewoodcity.org. “We wish the recipients of these gifts only the best this Christmas and continued blessings in the year to come,” said Grah.

Lakewood Regional Medical Center is proud to take an active part in helping those in need in our community. To find out more about our community service projects or to learn more about our full range of medical services for the Lakewood, Artesia, Cerritos, Bellflower, Downey, Long Beach and Paramount areas, visit our website at: www.lakewoodregional.com.

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