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News Western Oregon University Donates Clothing for Lebanon Hospital Patients

By Ian Rollins

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Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital recently benefited from a re-branding at Western Oregon University (WOU) in Monmouth.
The university donated all of its new clothing with its retired logo to the hospital’s Clothes Closet, which supplies clothing to patients who can’t go home in the clothing they were wearing when they arrived.

“They literally gave us boxes and boxes of clothing, hundreds of items,” said Peggy Sweet, a hospital volunteer who works on stocking the Clothes Closet. Sweet, a Western Oregon alumnus, was able to secure the donation through contacts she still has at the school.

The items included T-shirts, polo shirts, hoodies and zip-up sweatshirts.

“We are honored that Peggy invited us to support a cause close to her heart. She has been a strong supporter of WOU for many years,” said Erin McDonough, director of strategic partnerships. “In addition, we are thrilled to have found a way to re-purpose the clothing that helps community members in need and fits with our sustainability principles.”

“This is a tremendous help to our patients in a real time of need,” said Marty Cahill, hospital CEO. “It means so much to provide patients with clothing as they are discharged from our hospital.”

The hospital is still in need of pants and shorts for the Clothes Closet. New or gently used pants or shorts of any size are welcome, with no buttons or zippers.
For more information, call Volunteer Services at 541-451-7062.