Shoals Employee Takes Initiative to Start Supply Drive
Shoals Department Collecting Items for Boys in Need of Assistance
Bridgett Smith, 27-year employee of the Admitting Department at Shoals Hospital, saw a need among a group of her patients, and she has worked to meet it. She and her fellow Admitting Department co-workers are gathering personal items for the boys of Sequel Youth and Family Services.
“I started to notice the boys would always come in hungry,” Smith said. “That is when we started collecting snacks for them. Now that Christmas is around the corner, we are collecting items such as body wash, lotion, socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, gloves, little games, and other items that a boy around this age may need. However, we are not taking food.”
Sequel is a residential treatment facility licensed by the Alabama Department of Mental Health.
This facility began sending the boys to Shoals Hospital in September for lab work. Smith immediately saw the boys were in need of assistance. The ladies of the Admitting Department started collecting snacks for them. Patient Access Manager Tina Harville said it is because of Smith and her excellent, caring, and attentive customer service that the Sequel facility now comes to Shoals from Courtland, a community more than 30 minutes away.
The boys range from 12 to 18 years old. They are individuals with behavioral, emotional, or physical challenges. The facility assists them until they are prepared for life outside of Sequel. The facility also provides school for the individuals. There are 44 boys in this particular facility.