Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls, Wis.  –  An average of 11% of Wisconsin residents live in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. To respond to this chilling statistic, the Volunteer Partners of HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals is collecting winter coats, accessories, and blankets to be donated to those who will need them this winter.

All donations must be clean and in wearable condition, whether new or gently used. Items of all sizes -  kids and adults - are needed this year, including:

  • Boots
  • Hats, mittens, and scarves
  • Winter coats and snowsuits
  • Blankets

“Our hospital mission is to help those in need, and while we do that every day caring for patients, it’s also important to bring that mission into our communities,” says Brandy Sikora, manager of volunteer services at HSHS St. Joseph’s and Sacred Heart hospitals. “This is one way our organization partners with others in the community to help those in immediate need.”

Donations may be dropped off at the information desk just inside the main entrances of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, 900 W. Clairemont Ave. in Eau Claire and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, 2661 County Hwy. I in Chippewa Falls from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Donations will be accepted through September 30.

Distribution of collected items will take place at the following times and locations:

  • The King’s Closet, 310 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire, Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Notre Dame School, 22 S. Prairie St., Chippewa Falls, October 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please note: distribution of items to those in need will not be held at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital or HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital.

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About HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1889, it has been meeting patient needs in western Wisconsin with the latest medical innovations and technology, together with a Franciscan whole-person healing tradition.

About HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1885, it has served the people of the Chippewa Falls area with health care that is high tech and high touch. Known locally for the quality of the care it provides patients, the hospital has been recognized nationally for its outstanding patient satisfaction levels. 

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states - Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries,  and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.

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Karen Kraus

Communications Department
HSHS Wisconsin
Office: (715) 717-4591
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Karen.Kraus@hshs.org

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