Individuals and groups provided 500 gifts for more than 140 children.
Once again, UNC OB-GYN, the School of Medicine and members of the community have come together to help UNC Horizons provide a happy holiday for clients of the UNC Horizons Programs.
Through the season, individuals chose ornaments from a Christmas tree in the OB-GYN Administrative Office with wishes on the back – toys, board games, clothes, play equipment and more. Those gifts were arranged in a shopping event for the clients at UNC Horizons, our unique substance abuse program for women who are pregnant or parenting.
Clients had an opportunity to shop for their children and choose the best gifts for their needs and personalities, wrap them and plan their family holiday celebrations.
This year, the holiday event served 75 families, more than 140 children, with 500 gifts.
“I have the great privilege of working in a Department where I see clinicians provide care every day to women and children regardless of their social and economic standing, so when these same dedicated clinicians spend their own resources to buy gifts for families who otherwise would have nothing to share with their children on this holiday, I am even more amazed and grateful,” said Dr. John Thorp, medical director for UNC Horizons and McAllister Distinguished Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
“These gifts are crucial in the lives of Horizons families who are taking their first steps on the long road toward recovery. On behalf of our patients and staff let me express my gratitude to my colleagues for their beneficence to families with this chronic debilitating disease.”
Deborah Privette of UNC’s Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery found a new way to support UNC Horizons this holiday season when she debuted the popular ‘Ruterus’ shirt at the annual departmental holiday gathering. She created a site where individuals can purchase their own Ruterus shirt, with all proceeds going to UNC Horizons. Within moments of making the link live, shirts began to sell.
“I wanted this movement to unite the UNC OB-GYN department and others who have a mission to better women’s health,” Deborah said. “The Horizons Program is something that people can stand behind because, at UNC and in our community, we see firsthand what a difference they are making in the lives of women who need a little extra support. I saw this as an opportunity to use my creativity to spread joy.”