Patient Props

This is Why We Do Sock Drops . . .

by Sandi on February 4, 2011

Our regular readers and patients have probably seen many times information from us about our sock drops or coat collections for St. Elizabeth’s soup kitchen downtown Denver.  We love their program because it’s the most basic, hands-on way to help someone one-to-one that we’ve seen. 

I’m writing about it again today because yesterday was my shift to serve soup and, as you all know, it was very cold (as in -17 degrees cold!) and we serve the men soup outside in an alley.  They often line up 2 hours before serving and there are no tables or chairs, they eat on the ground or take it with them.  I wondered if there would even be anyone there.  After all, it was dangerously cold and my hope was that area shelters were staying open during the day so that there was a better place to get lunch than our outdoor buffet!  No such luck.  We normally serve about 100 men, yesterday there were about 40 but about half of them made note about how they are still sleeping outside even with the current temperatures.  One man described his tent so that we might recognize it when driving past Colfax.  Another was wearing a Pittsburg Steelers coat and (as you probably know) our family are Steelers fans so Iasked him if he’d be cheering them on in the SuperBowl this week-end.  He said he didn’t really care, he found the coat in a dumpster and it was the warmest thing he had.  Heartbreaking.

It’s evident in the group of men that there is a variable mix of mental illness and substance abuse histories that have contributed to them living on the streets.  It’s hard to wrap your brain around a way to truly make a difference with these folks when some of it is sad yet has varying degrees of self infliction.  We’ve all seen people holding signs for handouts and it’s hard to know where your money may end up.  At least here a bowl of soup goes a long way in touching someone one day at a time in a practical way.

I wanted to take a moment to thank a couple of very special helpers yesterday who came along.  Sam and Alex were volunteered by their mom to come with her for the day because my shift was short handed.  What a gift it was for these  men to see their beautiful smiles and helpful demeanor.  They were hard workers with generous spirits and they didn’t grumble a bit when their hands were numb from the crazy cold temperatures.   Thanks to both of you for lending your servant’s hearts yesterday!

We will continue to do Sock Drops throughout the year and anytime you have old winter coats or mens clothing, feel free to drop it by our office at your next appointment.   We’ll make sure they get in needy hands! 

For more information about St Elizabeth’s visit here: http://stelizabethdenver.org/ministries/outreach/

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Congrats Cameron for your role in “Honk”!

by Sandi on January 11, 2011

One of our superstar patients, Cameron, will be performing in “Honk” which comes to Highlands Ranch on January 28th and 29th.  Visit the CYT website for more information about tickets at http://cytdenver.org/  Tickets start at just five bucks!

Congratulations Cameron on your upcoming performance!

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Hand Delivering Toothbrushes to Africa!

December 2, 2010

  Our friend Michelle McGowan recently returned from a missions trip to Africa where she took needed supplies to a very remote area.  Thanks to Michelle for all she did and a reminder to all of our wonderful patients who take missions trips to be sure to call us so we can send toothbrushes and […]

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Baker’s Delight – Alexandra

June 22, 2010

This is a picture of our son with a half eaten loaf of home made bread, a special treat from our talented patient Alexandra W.  Alexandra not only provides delicious baked goods for her family’s restaurant, she’s nice enough to bring samples for our hungry staff and family when she comes in.  She’s got a […]

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Alexa

May 6, 2010

  This 6 year old did an amazing job this week!  She had her first dental work done and sat like an angel watching a movie the entire time.  Great job Alexa!

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Keegan

May 6, 2010

This 6 year old made it through 2 fillings with no shot.  We couldn’t believe how fast he was done and he didn’t make a peep.  What an awesome patient – thanks Keegan!

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Jillian

May 6, 2010

  Thanks to Jillian for sharing her artistic creativity with us.  She’s a great patient with a smile that lights up our office!

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Tyler

March 23, 2010

This 4 year old’s first visit was full of smiles.  He did a great job and it always helps to have a fun Cars toothbrush to take home! Dr. Boeyink wishes him a very happy birthday coming up at big Monkey Bizness!

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Dylan

March 23, 2010

All we can say is . . . Wow!  Six year old Dylan was tougher than guys twice his size!  Way to make it look easy Dylan – you did an awesome job!

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Devon

March 23, 2010

Devon was quite a trooper for his dental appointment!  He did an awesome job and even came back with a smile the next time.  Thanks Devon for making our jobs so easy!

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