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Hospital employees donate 73 backpacks to local kids

Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,

Bolingbrook – Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital employees collected and delivered 73 school supply-filled backpacks to Victory Cathedral Worship Center in Romeoville on Aug. 27. Victory Cathedral serves local homeless shelters through an outreach program. This is the fifth year hospital employees took on this project.


“The recent economic downturn means there’s an even greater need in our community this year,” said Todd Anderson, vice president/chief financial officer at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital. “We’re proud that our employees reached out to our community in this special way. It demonstrates their commitment to our mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ.”


Eugene Gatewood, chief ministry officer of Victory Cathedral Worship Center, expressed appreciation for the donation. The church took the backpacks and additional school supplies and delivered them to Daybreak Center in Joliet. Daybreak Center, a ministry of Catholic Charities, provides emergency housing and supportive services to the homeless.


“It’s remarkable when the community can come together to support the families in need,” Gatewood said. “We are grateful for the assistance from Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital.”



Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital.  To find a physician, visit