A fifth-grade basketball team recently visited the Hospitality Houses of Methodist Medical Center to deliver items they had collected as part of their team’s service project. The Gold TN Fury girls team donated personal and household products for use by guests of the two Hospitality Houses.
Tennessee Fury is a faith-based AAU basketball organization founded to physically and spiritually impact youth in East Tennessee through competitive athletics. As part of the program, teams complete a service project. The 10 members of Gold TN Fury chose the Hospitality Houses as their project and learned a lot about the Houses and volunteering during the process.
The Hospitality Houses are offered free of charge to patients who must travel for cancer treatment or wound therapy, both of which require frequent trips to Oak Ridge for extended periods. The Houses are also open to families who have traveled to be with loved ones in the Acute Care Unit at Methodist. The houses are supported solely through charitable contributions.
After delivering their collected goods, the girls and their parents received a tour of the Houses from Hospitality House Manager Kim Maes, who talked to them about the impact of cancer and a medical crisis on patients and families. The team learned how the Hospitality Houses help these patients and families and how their donations will make a difference in the lives of many people.
“We are grateful to these girls and their parents for their contribution and for allowing us to share about these special Houses and those we serve,” Maes said. “Several of the girls asked if they could come back and volunteer for a project this summer. It was wonderful to have the donations, but even more exciting was the possibility of impacting future generations of volunteers and supporters.”
Whether it’s volunteering your time and your talents or making a donation, there are many ways to support Methodist Medical Center’s Hospitality Houses. For a list of needs or to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the houses, please call (865) 835-4358 or visit mmcoakridge.com/hospitality.
Kelly Goodman is the marketing and public relations coordinator for Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge.
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