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St. Luke's IT employees drive to Texas to offer help, donations

ORANGE, Tx - St. Luke's IT employees raised thousands of dollars for victims of Hurrricane Harvey.

They used the money to buy cleaning supplies, clothes, tools and food, and then packed it all up and drove to Texas.

The donations will be given to churches there to distribute.

It all started with one employee, Chad Brisendine, the vice president and chief information officer for St. Luke's University Health Network. He launched a GoFundMe page with a goal of $5,000

That goal was quickly surpassed and exceeded $10,000 within a short time. To date, the team raised more than $39,000. 

"With so many things going on in the wrong way in the country, it would be nice to give back," said Jeff Stone, Senior IT Director Architecture and Engineering Group.

Brisendine has family in the region of Texas and St. Luke's has consultants working in the area. The group is now in Orange, Texas. which is just across the border of Louisiana. The plan is to meet up with family and local churches to hand out donations. 

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