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Published on February 09, 2017

Hat's off: Gundersen Boscobel's Hat and Mitten Drive a success!

As temperatures plummeted to start the new year, staff at Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics worked to warm things up by participating in a Hat and Mitten Drive. The drive was an overwhelming success.

The drive was initiated by the "Ubergrippen's," an employee-driven team established about a year ago with the purpose of making sure GBAHC continues to focus on being a great place to work. Three parallel such teams have implemented several exciting new initiatives like this through GBAHC's "Reaching New Heights" campaign. 

Employees were encouraged to show their community spirit by helping families who cannot afford to replace lost or worn out hats and mittens from the cold Wisconsin winter weather.  New and gently used items were collected from January 1-15, with several drop sites around the Boscobel locations. GBAHC offered to purchase a match to each item donated up to an additional 150 pieces.

Approximately 170 items were collected, meaning a total of 320 items will be donated to the Boscobel, Fennimore and Riverdale School districts. "We were thrilled to know these donations were coming," shared Boscobel Elementary Principal Danelle Schmid. "They'll keep lots of little hands and heads warm, and we truly appreciate our partnership with Gundersen Boscobel." "It's a big help when we know we can provide for children in need," added Fennimore Elementary Principal Carmen Burkum. "Wisconsin winters are cold, and we are always thankful to have winter gear to offer the kids," said Riverdale School Counselor Emily Dickman.

"While there are many such drives around, we wanted to do something where people could see the impact directly," shared Gundersen Boscobel's Katherine Dilley, a member of the Ubergrippen's. "Maybe people will even see the hats or mittens they donated on a child right here."

"With the success we had, I have no doubt that this drive will continue, and even grow. There is definitely a need in our communities, and it is exciting to help meet that need," added Jenny Dax, Gundersen Boscobel Human Resources Director.

To the kids who will be receiving new hats and/or mittens, ENJOY! A special thanks to everyone who participated in this drive. It wouldn't have been possible without you.

Hat and Mitten Drive pics

Fennimore, Riverdale and Boscobel schools receive donations

Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinic's Ubergrippen team members include Kathy Adney, Natasha Borowski, Jenny Dax, Katherine Dilley, Tammy Koch, Colleen Nolan, Barb Schaefer, Carmin Wanless and Rich Wilson. 

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