Help homeless patients this holiday season

This holiday season marks the eighth year for the Baptist Operation Outreach Tree of Faith, Hope & Love – Donation Drive for the Holidays, a joint program with Christ Community Health Services to help homeless patients.

The Baptist Operation Outreach health care van for the homeless is a mobile health care unit designed to address the health needs of the homeless in Memphis, Tenn. Started in 2005, the van provides acute and primary care, disease prevention information and guidance to Memphians without permanent housing. Baptist Operation Outreach also provides medication and free transportation to and from medical appointments. Baptist provides services to approximately 3,000 patients annually.

Baptist team members can help in several ways.

  • Take a tag!

    Tags on the Tree of Faith, Hope & Love tree, located in the corporate lobby, indicate needed winter items. Items include thermal undergarment sets, dark hats, gloves, scarves, socks and lotion. Team members can drop off donated items at pastoral care departments around the system or the Community Relations department at Baptist Corporate by Monday, Dec. 12. Baptist will be preparing 300 backpacks filled with these items.

  • Volunteer your time.

    • Packing Party! Volunteers are needed to fill the 300 backpacks with the donated items on Tuesday Dec. 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the  HR training room on the first floor of the Corporate building.
    • Baptist Memorial Health Care and Christ Community Health Services will host the seventh annual Tree of Faith, Hope and Love holiday celebration at Mississippi Blvd. Christian Church on Thursday Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Make a donation to the Baptist Foundation and designate your contribution to Baptist Operation Outreach for the Tree of Faith, Hope & Love!

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Ann Marie Wallace at 901-227-3512 or