Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre social workers Shelley Perkins (left) and Ashley Hunter (right) stand next to the pile of donated backpacks, socks, underwear and gloves that local Alberta Health Services staff collected for hospital patients who are experiencing homelessness or are in need. Every year, AHS Red Deer social workers donate to a worthy cause and this year the group decided to collect backpacks after they had noticed some emergency department patients leaving with all of their belongings in plastic grocery bags. Staff from other hospital departments joined in the effort and a total of 40 backpacks and other needed items were collected for vulnerable community members. (Contributed photo)

Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre social workers Shelley Perkins (left) and Ashley Hunter (right) stand next to the pile of donated backpacks, socks, underwear and gloves that local Alberta Health Services staff collected for hospital patients who are experiencing homelessness or are in need. Every year, AHS Red Deer social workers donate to a worthy cause and this year the group decided to collect backpacks after they had noticed some emergency department patients leaving with all of their belongings in plastic grocery bags. Staff from other hospital departments joined in the effort and a total of 40 backpacks and other needed items were collected for vulnerable community members. (Contributed photo)

Photo: Hospital workers donate backpacks to those in need

Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre social workers collected 40 backpacks and other items to help vulnerable community members over the holiday season.

They collected backpacks, socks, underwear and gloves for those experiencing homelessness or are in need. In lieu of a gift exchange, the social workers decided to donate the backpacks after noticing some emergency room department patients leaving with their belongings in plastic grocery bags.

Staff from other hospital departments also joined in the effort.