The mission of Landstuhl Hospital Care Project (LHCP) is to help support the Pastoral Services Department at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany and field hospitals in combat areas. LHCP provides comfort and relief items for military members who become sick, injured or wounded from service in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. Donated items are distributed to military patients at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, or are sent to field hospitals with needs that we have learned about from patient liaisons. LHCP currently supports Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
Many of the military personnel are grievously wounded and require long hospitalization and rehabilitation. The purpose of LHCP’s program is to enhance the morale and welfare of the wounded by contributing quality of life items such as sweat pants, sweat shirts, pajamas, lounge pants, boxers, socks, and seasonal jackets or coats. Combat Support Hospitals also receive items such as sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels. Each shipment that Landstuhl Hospital Care Project sends is sent in honor of a military member who has made the ultimate sacrifice and lost his or her life in service to our country.
Your donations will help our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines know that they are supported. Please see below to find out more about how you can contribute.
How Did We Get Started?
This effort began after founder Karen Grimord traveled to Germany in August of 2004 to visit her daughter and son-in-law who were stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base. At that time, LRMC had a very small collection of movies (DVD/VHS) for the wounded military personnel to watch while they were recuperating from their injuries. When Karen returned to the States, she contacted her family and shared what she had learned with them. Through the efforts of her family members, and the Talakto District Boy Scouts of America from Huntsville, Alabama, 485 DVD and VHS tapes were sent to the Pastoral Services at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center for the injured men and women to watch.
After this shipment, a Chaplain at LRMC was asked what other help was needed. He provided LRMC’s Giving Statement and identified other items of need at that time. He explained that patients often arrive at LRMC with no clothing other than the hospital garments that they are wearing. He also explained that each Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) or Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) patient receives a $250 voucher from the Department of Defense that is to be used at the local Army/Air Force Exchange Service facility for clothing and personal hygiene items. However, there are times when additional items are needed – above and beyond what the voucher is able to provide.
LHCP was founded to provide sweat suits for our wounded military to wear as they received care at LRMC. As the group has grown, so also has our mission expanded. Our major goal now is to get the Chaplains the items they require to provide support and comfort for our men and woman to convalesce. These needs change month to month, so our goals change as well. That is why your donations are so important! The funds we raise and use to purchase needed items, and the items that get donated from lists we post, allow us to fill LRMC and field hospital requests. Shipments are typically made at the end of each week.
Landstuhl Hospital Care Project is a nonprofit organization incorporated in the state of Virginia. LHCP has received an advanced ruling of eligibility for tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code effective May 26, 2005. The Directors who form our Board live in the states of Virginia, North Carolina, and Alabama. You may learn more about them on the Contact Us page. We also have formed a Yahoo group to better enable us to distribute current information to our members (see link at bottom of page). LHCP has over 170 supporters from all over the United States, Canada, and Europe.
How You Can Help
LHCP sends monthly shipments of specific items requested by the hospitals we serve. For more information, including a current list of needed items, please go to our How You Can Help page.
Perhaps you represent a civic organization or school that wants to organize a drive or fundraiser on our behalf. Church groups, Boy Scout troops, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts and auxiliary units, and Blue Star Mothers groups have been regular organizers of such efforts. To inquire about organizing a drive or fundraiser, contact LHCP President Karen Grimord.
If you want to send a monetary donation, please make your check payable to Landstuhl Hospital Care Project and send it to:Sharon Buck, LHCP Treasurer 4204 Summerville Road, Phenix City, AL 36867
If you are donating needed items that are listed on our web site or on the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project Yahoo group, please send packages to:Landstuhl Hospital Care Project 29 Greenleaf Terrace Stafford, Virginia 22556
The Landstuhl Hospital Care Project Yahoo group will keep you up-to-date on our efforts and items that the hospitals need.
Thank you for the support you are giving to our wounded soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines.
Karen Grimord, President