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Santa’s Helpers Send Love ... and Fly Swatters Fly swatters, baby wipes and toilet paper are not what people typically put on Christmas wish lists. But when an Air Force squadron stationed in Kuwait asked for these items, New Family Center nurses at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth made sure to include these essentials in military holiday care packages. “ When we found out that there were over 100 soldiers in his unit, we wanted to do something for each of them.” 28 “It really put into perspective the conditions the soldiers are living in,” says Deanna Crowley, who organized the collection. “Every year, our nurses come together to do a project around the holidays, and supporting soldiers who help protect us was very rewarding.” The opportunity arose when the team learned that the husband of one of the unit’s nurses would be deployed and away for the holidays. “When we found out that there were over 100 soldiers in his unit, we wanted to do something for each of them,” Deanna recalls. However, they faced some challenges. Shipping would not be cheap – about $700 – and the nurses had little time to get everything together. “We had two weeks before a shipping cutoff,” adds Kristi Wilkerson, New Family Center manager. “But the nurses ran with it because they felt very passionate about the project.” Through the generosity of nurses and other staff, they were able to collect all of the items on the wish list and cover shipping. The 100-plus care packages each included a Christmas card with a personalized message, food items, soap, foot powder, decorations … and, of course, the coveted fly swatters, baby wipes and toilet paper. A few weeks later, a letter arrived thanking the nurses for the goods, but especially the love and care that went into each package.