For the sixth year, GRACE (Greater Rolla Area Charitable Enterprise) and Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) teamed up to provide food to families in need to ensure they are able to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
The “Box of Thanks Giving” food drive was held from October 10 through November 14 at PCRMC, and hospital employees and volunteers donated non-perishable food items for the families. There also were over 300 extra food items donated.
The PCRMC Spirit of Service team members sponsor this food drive each year, and on the last day of the drive, PCRMC employees were invited to help pack the boxes of donated food.
Approximately 95 boxes of food were given to GRACE this year. That is up from about 66 boxes last year, according to Debbie Cook, facilitator with Spirit of Service and customer service liaison with PCRMC Guest Relations.
In addition, PCRMC provides all of the turkeys, butter and eggs, so families who have registered with GRACE have all of the items they need to fix a full Thanksgiving meal.
“It’s a group effort,” Cook said about everyone pitching in to help with this food drive for GRACE.
“This will help nearly 100 families in the Phelps County area and provide them with a Thanksgiving meal they wouldn’t otherwise have,” said Tina Davis, director of GRACE.
Davis noted that any of the leftover boxes can be used at Christmas for families who need assistance during the holidays.
To learn more about how to donate or volunteer with GRACE, please call 573-368-5577.