Outpouring of Donations For Big Spring State Hospital

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Valerie Avery
January 11, 2011 (432) 816-9257

BIG SPRING – Big Spring State Hospital asked, and the hospital received.

The hospital delivered a plea before the Christmas holidays asking for donations of television sets. Not new television sets, but older ones that may have been replaced on Christmas day to make way for their newer, slimmer cousin – the large, flat-screen TV.

Big Spring State Hospital administrators even offered to pick them up from area homes. At last count, the hospital received 55 television sets – in all shapes and sizes. The hospital received so many that they ran out of storage space, Big Spring State Hospital Assistant Superintendent Lorie Couch said.

“The generosity of the people in West Texas never ceases to amaze me,” Couch said. “We knew if we asked for donations, we would receive some, but I had no idea that we would receive so many.”

“The community and its people have always been so generous, but the response has been overwhelming.”

“We received so many that we are no longer able to store the donated televisions until needed, so we are asking for individuals to donate the televisions to other charitable organizations within the community.”

The televisions are used in patient care areas and are replaced as needed.

Big Spring State Hospital will still take donations of 13-inch television sets, she said.

“I want to assure everyone that the televisions already donated will be used and are in a secure, dry area,” Couch said. “We thank you all so very much for donating TVs for our patients. They are very much-needed and appreciated.”

People who have 13-inch television sets available to donate may call the Community Relations office at (432) 268-7535. Donations are tax-deductible, and the Community Relations office can provide receipts for the donations.

Big Spring State Hospital is a 200-bed psychiatric hospital in Howard County for people in West Texas. The hospital employs more than 650 people, including physicians, nurses, therapists and direct care workers.

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