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Share the Warmth: A Coat Drive for Patients in Need

Share the Warmth: A Coat Drive for Patients in Need

Help us provide a warm coat to patients in need. In anticipation of the cold Rochester winter that lies ahead, as well as great success last year, Friends of Strong is again teaming up with the Emergency Department to host a winter coat drive for adult male patients awaiting discharge. Many women’s coats are on-hand from last year’s drive—although men’s coats remain an urgent need.

Friends of Strong, URMC Recognized for Unparalleled Support of Red Cross Blood Drives

Friends of Strong, URMC Recognized for Unparalleled Support of Red Cross Blood Drives

Since 2006, Friends of Strong has sponsored 433 blood drives at various URMC facilities in our region, allowing the American Red Cross to collect 23,972 red blood units and help more than 72,000 local patients. As a result of their long-standing commitment and sponsorship, FOS and URMC have been named recipients of the 2019 Samuel J. Stabins Blood Services Award. 

New Flair, Leadership at the Friends of Strong Gift Shop

New Flair, Leadership at the Friends of Strong Gift Shop

The prospect of finding a replacement following the retirement of our long-time Gift Shop manager, Helen Hess, late last year, seemed daunting, but the stars were aligned. Without skipping a beat, Friends of Strong was able to bring in an equally well-experienced Gift Shop Manager, Luanne Crosby, who comes to us with more than 25 years of retail management experience, including owning her own gift shop for more than 10 years. Take a few minutes with us to get to know her and hear her hopes for the Friends of Strong Gift Shop.

Operation Baby Love: Help Us Make the Season Bright for New Families in Need

Operation Baby Love: Help Us Make the Season Bright for New Families in Need

We partner with Strong’s Social Work Department each year to make the holidays a little brighter for new families enduring hardships, and this year the need is greater than last. Please consider helping make this year’s Operation Baby Love a success by partnering with your friends and colleagues to adopt a family, or make a small donation toward our general collection to supplement the care packages given to each family.

"Bear-y" Thoughtful Volunteers Sew 16,000+ Teddy Bears for Young Patients

"Bear-y" Thoughtful Volunteers Sew 16,000+ Teddy Bears for Young Patients

A 12-year ongoing collaboration between Friends of Strong and the residents of Legacy at Willow Pond senior living community in Penfield, N.Y. provides more than 16,000 hand-made teddy bears to help provide comfort for children at UR Medicine's Strong Memorial and Golisano Children's hospitals.

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