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Dec. 19 - SGHS's Information Systems Donates ‘First 48 Hours’ Bags to Foster Hope

Category: Health & Hospitals

Brunswick Business Journal Staff Report

December 19, 2018 – The Southeast Georgia Health System Information Systems (IS) department chose to continue an annual donation of 55 “First 48 Hours” bags to Foster Hope, an organization aimed at equipping Glynn County foster children with an essentials bag to help smooth the transition during the first 48 hours of placement.

Spearheaded by Lydia Nave, applications analyst, Information Systems, this is the third year the department has selected Foster Hope, and each year the number of bags donated has increased.

“In 2016, we donated 31 bags, and 46 in 2017,” says Nave. “I am so proud of our team for pulling together again and going above and beyond to put together 55 bags.”

The bags contain a variety of items, including pajamas, socks, stuffed animals, and a comb, brush, and toothbrush. Some bags include seasonal items, such as blankets, or specialty products, such as coconut oil. Although the IS team collects items for the bags all year, they get serious when the holidays are near.

“One of our most popular shopping options is our Auxiliary’s $5 Jewelry Sale in November,” says Nave. “That’s when we purchase a lot of the bags and items. Since the Auxiliary donates the sales’ proceeds to the Health System, it’s a win-win for everyone!”

Meghan Davis and Amanda Holt of Brunswick founded Foster Hope in 2015. As foster parents themselves, Davis and Holt know children often arrive at a home with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. “It is often very traumatic for the children, they’re frightened and feeling very vulnerable. As a foster parent, having items to help comfort them and get them settled, such as pajamas and small stuffed animals, helps immensely.”

In 2017, Foster Hope expanded their efforts in aiding the foster community by assembling and launching their first Care Community, a group of volunteers who provide a support system for the foster family by providing meals, helping with transportation and/or assisting in child care.

“This donation really touches our hearts because it makes us more aware of our blessings and gives us the chance to share them with those innocent children,” adds Nave. “We may not be in the position to become foster parents ourselves, but that does not mean we are incapable of helping. I’m very appreciative and thank everyone who contributed and helped to organize, count and stuff bags.”

For more information about Foster Hope, visit Facebook @FosterHopeGlynn or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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