EMSA collecting H.U.G.S. for donation this winter

TULSA, Okla. - EMTs and paramedics with the Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) eastern division will man ambulances at various locations throughout EMSA's service area to collect new hats, underwear, gloves and socks (H.U.G.S.) for donation to adults, teens and children in need this winter.
 
"As a paramedic we know the toll extreme temperatures can take on the body, and want to do what we can to help keep everyone warm this winter especially those without consistent, comfortable housing," said Brianne Smedley, one of the EMSA EMTs organizing the drive.
 
The medics organizing the drives are selecting convenient locations throughout the EMSA service area to provide every opportunity for the community to participate if they would like. The medics are requesting donations of new hats, underwear, gloves and socks in all sizes that can be distributed to local shelters, day centers and nursing homes.
 
Ambulances collecting the items will be parked at the following locations on these dates and times:
 
Saturday, October 20
The University of Tulsa homecoming game
Main entrance to stadium
1:30 - 3 p.m.
 
Thursday, October 25
Woodland Hills Mall
Acorn lot entrance by Macy's
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
 
Friday, October 26
IHOP
101 S. Highway 97, Sand Springs
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
 
Saturday, October 27
Village Inn
2745 S. Harvard
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
 
The H.U.G.S. drive is part of EMSA's ongoing commitment to the community to increase awareness and support for health and safety issues affecting the region.