If you have ever been to the Pink Ribbons Project office, you may have noticed a big metal trash can in the volunteer room. It’s the kind of thing you would expect to see outside of a building with trash in it, but ours is inside and it is not for trash… it’s where we store all the magazines collected for a donation to Harris Health System (formerly Harris County Hospital District) mammography clinics.
Sometimes waiting to see a doctor can seem like it takes all day… you forgot your book at home and all you need is a small form of entertainment to help the time go by faster and possibly ease the nerves while you wait! Many years ago, Pink Ribbons Project partnered with Harris Health System to donate gently used magazines to their waiting rooms. We collect the magazines here at the Pink HQ (2449 South Blvd. #100, Houston, TX 77098) and our interns get to work making sure to cover up any names or addresses and preparing the stacks to be delivered!
Sandy Walker, the Office Manager of Mammography Case Management for Harris Health System is the Pink Ribbons Project contact point for distributing the magazines to the following clinics: Quentin Mease, LBJ, LBJ Mobile Unit – which services 5 additional clinics, Strawberry Clinic, MLK, Peoples Clinic, El Franco Lee and Aldine. Ms. Walker said that this past year those mammography clinics reached 39,750 patients.
I wanted to know more about the patients’ reactions to the magazines so she referred me Jane Rodriguez, a Radiology Support Specialist at the Aldine Clinic. Ms. Rodriguez has worked at the Aldine Clinic for 8 years and sees first hand how much the patients appreciate the magazines. “They help entertain the patients while they are waiting,” said Ms. Rodriguez. She has a personal connection with breast cancer as her older sister is going through treatment right now and is a patient at Harris Health System.
We invite you to help this great program by dropping off your used magazines to the Pink Ribbons Office. Just think… this small act of kindness could make a world of difference in someone’s day!