Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) teamed up with GRACE (Greater Rolla Area Charitable Enterprise) and the Good Samaritan of the Ozarks – Waynesville this fall to provide Thanksgiving meals to families in need during the “A Box of Thanks Giving” food drive.
PCRMC employees and volunteers, along with community groups and businesses, were encouraged to donate non-perishable food items during the food drive held from October 10 through November 10. This marks the seventh year PCRMC has sponsored this food drive.
This year, a total of 181 boxes of food were filled, with one box feeding a family of four. In addition to the boxes, an extra 214 items were collected for local food pantries.
The PCRMC Marketing Department also donated turkeys, butter and eggs to complement the food items, so area families have all of the items they need to fix a full Thanksgiving meal.
The completed boxes and food pantry items were distributed to GRACE and the Good Samaritan of the Ozarks – Waynesville. The results of this year’s food drive well surpassed PCRMC’s goal to collect 100 boxes.
During last year’s food drive, 105 boxes – plus an additional 400 food items – were collected. The 2016 goal was to collect 70 boxes.
PCRMC employees donated most of the food, and several community organizations and businesses made donations as well, including the Phelps County Courthouse, Rolla Family Dentistry, Drury University – Rolla Campus and Life Care Center of Waynesville.
The PCRMC Mission Possible group sponsored this year’s food drive, and on the last day of the drive, PCRMC employees were invited to help pack the boxes of donated food.
“We don’t want anyone to go without a Thanksgiving meal,” says Debbie Cook, Mission Possible team member and customer service liaison with PCRMC Guest Relations. “PCRMC is a generous health organization that reaches out to others as the need arises.”
Tina Davis, executive director of GRACE, says families in the Phelps County area could apply for assistance through GRACE to receive one of the boxes. “This will help nearly 100 families and provide them with a Thanksgiving meal they wouldn’t have otherwise,” Davis says.
Davis says any leftover boxes can be used at Christmas for families.
Heather Frabel, emergency resource manager with the Good Samaritan of the Ozarks – Waynesville, says because of the generosity of PCRMC employees and the community, 42 boxes were distributed to families served by the agency.
“It was amazing, and the people who received the boxes of food were so excited and so grateful,” Frabel says.
The Mission Possible organization thanks everybody who contributed to this year’s food drive.