Health Center of Southeast Texas helps community with backpack giveaway, ‘Thinking of You’ campaign

Former Cleveland City Manager Kelly McDonald and Health Center of Southeast Texas's Melaney Strickland prepare backpacks for students at the City of Cleveland's backpack giveaway on Aug. 7.

The Health Center of Southeast Texas just wrapped up a couple of busy months with blood drives, a backpack giveaway and a campaign to remind health care workers that they are appreciated as they continue working through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The blood drives were held at the Health Center’s clinics in Cleveland and Livingston with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. Staff competed for prizes and to see which clinic would receive the most donations of life-saving blood.

The Livingston clinic won with 20 successful donations. Cleveland came in second with 17.

“Most of these were from the community in both locations but 10 were employees,” said Melaney Strickland, marketing and outreach director for the Health Center of Southeast Texas.

HCSET also help local school children as they prepared to return to school with the City of Cleveland’s backpack giveaway on Aug. 7. HCSET donated 312 backpacks with rulers and pencils inside.

To boost the spirits of local nursing home personnel and residents, HCSET also delivered “Thinking of You” cards for Cleveland Health Care Center.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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