Babak Bamdad, chief and director of Lincoln Hospital's pharmacy department, regularly donates to local homeless shelters. Some of Babak Bamdad's preferred donations are “care” packages, which include mittens, socks, and T-shirts.
Homeless shelters thrive on donations from generous citizens, but not all donations carry the same value. Some items are in higher demand and more effectively help shelters care for their residents.
Clothing items always help, and none are more important than socks and shoes. Warm clothing, such as sweaters and coats, help keep shelter residents safe in the winter. Shoes and socks, however, end up threadbare and damp at any time of year, thanks to the long distances walked by many without homes. Shoes and socks in both children's and adults' sizes help shelters keep residents properly clothed.
Sleeping bags can also help a homeless shelter function more effectively. These can make interior sleeping rooms more comfortable as well as allow the shelter to provide at least some warmth for those it cannot house. In some circumstances, giving a sleeping bag to a shelter can mean the difference between life and death.
At Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Babak Bamdad’s primary duties involve establishing and maintaining quality, performance, and productivity standards in accordance with those set by Presentation Medical Center.