Bring School Supplies to Help Students

NorthBay Healthcare’s popular Fill-the-Ambulance fundraiser is being resurrected to help students at Padan and Fairview elementary schools get ready to go back to school.

If Padan and Fairview sound familiar, it’s because they are the two schools NorthBay adopts every December for our Adopt-a-School program. Padan in Vacaville and Fairview in Fairfield are Title 1 schools, meaning they serve a low-income population and have a high population of English-language learners.

Sponsored by NorthBay Healthcare Foundation, the drive will pick up your donations of back packs and school supplies in our fancy purple Trauma Ambulance at a location near you the week of Aug. 14-18.

“We’re trying to make it as easy as possible for any employee who wants to contribute,” said Jane Hilliard, director of Volunteer Services. You can even drop off a donation at the Guild gift shops in either hospital any time during that week, or to any Guild member you encounter.”

No time to shop for bargains? Cash donations are also welcome. Make your check out to NorthBay Healthcare Foundation and put “Fill-the-Ambulance” in the memo field.

The public is also welcome to donate

Collection dates are:

Monday, Aug. 14: The first stop is Green Valley Administration Center. The ambulance will be parked outside GVAC between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. for all employees in GVAC and the Green Valley Health Plaza to stop by and donate.

Tuesday, Aug. 15: The ambulance travels to Hilborn Administration Center where it will park for HAC and Hilborn Center for Primary Care employees between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 16: Vacaville’s Center for Primary Care, aka Nut Tree North, will see the ambulance parked out front between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 17: NorthBay VacaValley Hospital will be the stop for all employees on the VacaValley campus. Walk over from the Wellness Center, the VacaValley Health Plaza or the NorthBay Surgery Center at VacaValley to drop off between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 18: NorthBay Medical Center will see the ambulance parked outside the Welcome Pavilion from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be the drop-off spot for employees in the hospital, the Gateway Medical Building, the Annex, Penn Tab and the NorthBay Health Plaza.

Suggested items for donation include: Back packs; spiral wide-ruled notebooks (solid colors); pocket folders; white copy paper; broad Crayola Washable Markers; Thin Crayola Washable Markers; Crayola Crayons (24 count); Expo dry erase markers (black only); colored pencils; assorted colored highlighters; white one-inch clear view binders; anti-bacterial wipes; tissues; pencils; scissors; composition notebooks; wide-ruled binder paper; individual pencil sharpeners with caps; construction paper; large Post-Its; small whiteboards; glue sticks and dry erase erasers.

“Our goal is to get all the supplies we can into the hands of children by the end of August,” said Hilliard.