December 10, 2009 - Harrogate, Tennessee, December 10, 2009 –The newly dedicated Dr. George Stanley Thompson PA Student Society of Lincoln Memorial University’s (LMU) Physicians Assistant program organized a holiday collection to benefit the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child project earlier this month.

The PA student society called on PA students, faculty and staff, as well as faculty, staff and students from the LMU-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) and LMU’s Caylor School of nursing to supply toys, school supplies and hygiene items to fill the shoeboxes. Donations were also collected for shipping the boxes to less fortunate communities around the globe. The group was able to fill and ship 49 shoeboxes. A number of PA student society members also volunteered their time to pack and wrap the shoeboxes.

Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine.

The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide healthcare in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7082, e-mail, or visit us online at

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Caption: Lincoln Memorial University Dr. George Stanley Thompson PA Student Society members Chris Pivonka, Ken Byrd and Lauren Anderson helped organize the group’s Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child collection. The trio also helped to wrap and pack individual shoeboxes for 49 less fortunate children.

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