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Woodland Heights' Gift Giver Program makes donation to AC students

LUFKIN, April 22, 2013--“Keep the change.”  It’s such a simple gesture, often one requiring no serious thought and involving no more than a few cents’ worth of pennies, nickels and dimes. But the volunteers and employees from the Gift Shop at Woodland Heights Medical Center found a way to turn those little gestures into something much bigger and far more significant.

This past week, the Gift Giver volunteers awarded a check for $5,000 to Angelina College representatives. The gift will provide scholarships for students working toward degrees in nursing and other health career fields.

According to Annette Domingue, Manager/Buyer for the Gift Shop at Woodland Heights, the idea for collecting the spare change has been around for more than three decades.

“Our goal is to raise money for medical scholarships,” Domingue said. “We started doing this in the gift shop 32 years ago, and in 2001, it became the Gift Giver Volunteers. We collect money and award it as scholarships for nursing students.”

The awards luncheon took place on Wednesday at the Cotton Patch in Lufkin. Angelina College’s Health Careers Division Director Winifred Ferguson-Adams and Scholarship Coordinator Jennifer Standley were on-hand to accept the check from Domingue and other Woodland Heights representatives.


Photo: Annette Domingue (third from right), Manager/Buyer of the Gift Shop at Woodland Heights Medical Center, presents a $5,000 check to Angelina College Director of Health Careers Winifred Ferguson-Adams (third from left) during a luncheon held Wednesday at the Cotton Patch in Lufkin. The award was part of the Gift Giver Volunteers’ program generating scholarships for Angelina College health careers students. Pictured with Domingue and Adams are (L-R) Christie Maddux, Woodland Heights Marketing Representative; Jennifer Standley, Angelina College Scholarship Coordinator;  Nancy DeVore, Woodland Heights volunteer; and Lance Beus, Assistant CEO of Woodland Heights. (AC Press photo)

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