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Operation Holiday Hope

We need your help! Pediatric hospitals in Texas and around the country are being overwhelmed with children being hospitalized for RSV and influenza. Close to one in every 500 babies 6 months and younger was hospitalized with R.S.V. since the beginning of October, according to the CDC. Pediatric Units are overwhelmed. Unfortunately, some hospitals are having to use doctors and nurses that normally work with adults, which can be very difficult and  challenging.  Caring for a child is very different than caring for an adult.

Hospitals in Texas have reached out to us for help to  provide supplies for emergency staff, patients and families, and help to fulfill Christmas wishes for children and families who are in the hospital this holiday season. Many families will be trying to make their holidays as “normal” as possible despite not having the time,  finances or energy to do this.  We are trying to give them a little lift during trying times.

Please support Operation Holiday Hope so that we can make the holidays a little brighter for patients, families, and our medical workers.

Sawyer Batz, Riley Batz, Ella Batz Townsend, Vieve Holshouser, June Holshouser, Mary Louise Townsend and Charlie Holshouser

This year the grandchildren and young family members of Louise H. Batz are working together for Operation Holiday Hope in Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas to fulfill Christmas wish lists and desperately needed supplies for pediatric emergency rooms and hospitals. Last year Ella’s Empower campaign led the charge and delivered over $10,000 in toys to pediatric hospitals in Central and South Texas.


With your help we want to collect as many toys and supplies as possible to take to Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin, Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, Methodist Children’s Hospital, and the Pediatric units at University Health System in San Antonio, Brooks Army Medical Center San Antonio, and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and Children’s Medical Center of Plano.

There are 2 ways you can help:

Shop our Amazon Wish List and we will deliver the toys for you.

Operation Holiday Hope Austin
Operation Holiday Hope Dallas
Operation Holiday Hope San Antonio

Donate to Operation Holiday Hope and we will shop for you!

A donation of $25 will buy toys like this:

A donation of $50 could provide one of these under the tree:

 A donation of $75 would allow a family to enjoy these:

 A donation of $100 will help a parent give one of these:

Through Operation Holiday Hope we want to continue spreading awareness and empowering patients, families, doctors, and nurses to work together as a team to improve patient safety and education in our hospitals and communities.

2022 has brought new opportunities for the Batz Foundation to EMPOWER others:

  • Since 2019 we have distributed over 2,000 masks and 2,000 Empower Bands across the country.
  • We supported hospitals and healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • We provided much needed art supplies to Dell Children’s Hospital;
  • We continued building the Batz Foundation Europe; and established Batz Foundation South America


Why do we need to raise awareness? Each year 200,000 patients in US hospitals die because of preventable medical errors. Not only is it the third leading cause of death in the US but in addition to those 200,000, millions more are injured.

We can make a difference. Help us raise awareness by donating to our campaign. We hope you will consider supporting the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation with your End of Year giving.

Empower you to be part of a team

We want you to be a participant in your own care. We want to help you and your family know what to ask and when in order to make the most of each visit with your care providers.

Help you feel in control

The hospital experience can be scary and you can often feel out of control or out of the loop. We want you to be able to coherently discuss the details of past events and know exactly what you can do to help.

Encourage you to never give up

Sometimes it feels like too much to handle. We want to help you understand that you are not in this alone and that your team members and loved ones are depending on you.

Walk you through it step by step

We want help you understand what you can do at each step of the journey to take care of yourself or your loved one. What should you do next? What are the most important questions to ask the doctor? How can you make the most of your time when all you can do is sit and wait?

Talk to you like a human being

Hospital jargon is confusing and can make you feel detached from your care. You want to be spoken to like an individual so that you can better communicate with your team.