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W. O. Moss Sends Holiday Cheer to Injured Soldiers

 Tonia Chauvin, RN, Program Coordinator, holds the Top Improver Award.   Stacey Pellegrin, RN, to the left, and Shanna Ledet, RN, make daily rounds to give the initiative its highest chance of success.
Vivian Guillory, volunteer in the Moss pharmacy, to the left, John Bridges, KPLC Home Town Patriot reporter, Donna Wilde, pharmacy statistical technician, and Timeko Dispany, Moss public relations assistant, picked up a pen to wish soldiers well.

Lake Charles - With the holidays fast approaching, a thoughtful effort at W.O. Moss Regional Medical Center is sending season's greetings to recovering soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

Moss employees and volunteers donated Christmas and holiday cards and postage costs. They've set up a table in the hospital's main waiting room, where employees, patients and volunteers sign and address the cards for delivery. As of last count, over 500 cards have been signed and mailed.

Donna Wilde, statistical technician with the Moss outpatient pharmacy, is spearheading the drive. "I have a son-in-law in the Army who's been to Afghanistan and Iraq," Wilde said. "We are so proud of him and the others who were able and willing to serve our country. This is one way of showing our appreciation."

The goal is to send a card to each patient at Walter Reed, whose average daily census is 100. For this effort, KPLC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Lake Charles, is featuring Moss as one of its "Home Town Patriots," a local news segment that runs twice a week.

To donate to the holiday card project or to learn about any of the services of W.O. Moss Regional Medical Center, call its Public Relations Department, 337-475-8100.