Smallest nursing unit makes major impact on Legacy Health Sock Drive
Together, Legacy Health employees have collected almost 100,000 pairs of new socks since 2015
Craig Sparks, R.N., takes the lead on the sock drive for his department, Unit 43, at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. With only 21 employees and 11 beds, Unit 43 is the smallest acute care unit at Legacy Emanuel yet they were able to collect 1,200 socks – the largest number at Legacy Emanuel. The team has held onto the coveted Legacy Emanuel Reindeer Sock Trophy since the Sock Drive began three years ago.
“Our goal has been to donate five percent of Legacy Health’s overall goal,” said Sparks. “Collecting socks is the least we can do for their community and we look forward to helping those in need every year.”
Having also won Legacy Emanuel’s Food Drive competition, Unit 43 is small, mighty and competitive. They begin collecting funds for the Sock Drive in the hot summer months.
“What we do is we each donate a couple dollars here and there starting in July,” said Sparks. “By the time the sock drive announcement comes out, we are ready to buy.”
Sparks even has a “secret” vendor where he orders his socks for men, women and children.
“I often turn to Legacy Emanuel’s Clothes Closet, one of the drive’s internal recipients, to give our patients who are in need new socks,” continued Sparks. “I have come to understand what kind of socks work best with our patients and I found a special vendor to order them from.”
Teams across Legacy Health’s six hospitals and over 70 clinics came together for the third annual Legacy Health Sock Drove to collect 28,420 pairs of new socks this year. Since its first year in 2015, Legacy has collected and distributed 96,279 pairs of brand new socks into the communities it serves. This year, Legacy distributed socks to 25 community partners. Click here for the full list.
1. Legacy Emanuel’s Unit 43. Bonnie Palzer is the manager of Unit 43 (fifth from left) and Craig Sparks is beside her.
2. Legacy Good Samaritan’s leadership gathers around the “Sam N. Creek”, the sock monkey trophy Legacy Salmon Creek won back after two years of competition.
3. “Sam N. Creek” Legacy Good Samaritan and Legacy Salmon Creek’s Sock Monkey. He will be delivered to Salmon Creek this year.
4. Legacy Mount Hood’s Chaplain, Alice Tate collected 38 socks alone.
5. Legacy Salmon Creek sorts through a mountain of socks.
6. Legacy Salmon Creek prepares to deliver their almost 4,000 pairs of socks to its local recipients.
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