The David & Teresa Disiere Foundation was able to bring much Christmas cheer to children across Texas and Louisiana this year with two major projects: Christmas shopping for at-risk children, and a large donation for Shreveport’s Shriners Hospital for Children.

The annual Christmas Shopping trip was a huge success. 24 children from 18 families were treated to a shopping trip to stock up on much needed winter clothes and shoes, other necessities and – because it’s Christmas – a toy or two. 26 volunteers, including principals and staff from the children’s elementary schools and nine QEO employees, took the kids to Kohl’s at Southlake and Plano, TX, and helped them select their purchases.

To see the smiles on the faces of so many kids made Christmas so much brighter for all involved.

Our second big project for Christmas was a donation to Shreveport’s Shriners Hospital for Children to help purchase a low dose x-ray machine.

Many children with spinal issues like scoliosis are subjected to numerous x-rays during the course of their treatment, and as a result, they are exposed to a lot of radiation. The EOS system that the David & Teresa Disiere Foundation is helping the hospital purchase uses new technology to produce high quality images with 85% less radiation than a standard x-ray machine, making it a better and safer option for young patients.

The David & Teresa Disiere Foundation donated $25,000 to Shriners Hospital in Shreveport on Thursday, December 14th, 2017. The foundation also worked with KTBS On Your Side On Call to hold a public donation drive the following day with a pledge to match all funds raised up to another $25,000. The donation event raised $16,500, an amazing effort from the residents of the Ark-La-Tex.

Despite falling a little short, The David & Teresa Disiere Foundation decided to proceed with the full match, bringing the foundation’s total donation to Shreveport’s Shriners Hospital for Children to a whopping $50,000.

The total amount raised to date including public donations comes to $66,500.

The EOS machine will be the first of its kind in Louisiana and will help the hospital provide the highest-quality care to its young patients, many of whom rely on the hospital for care they would not otherwise be able to receive.

From everyone at the David & Teresa Disiere Foundation, we thank you for your generosity, and wish you all a happy and healthy 2018.