Employees of Southern Ohio Medical Center helped to donate 4,063 supply items for area school children during the 2010 United Way School Supply Drive, which took place July 30 at the hospital.
“Last year we collected a tremendous amount of school supplies and this year was no different,” Beverly Stinger, coordinator of the SOMC United Way campaign, said.
School supply lists were given to employees, with each item designated a point value, Stringer explained. For each point a staff member earned, they were given the chance to enter into one of five gift basket prize drawings.
Points also were tallied per department and SOMC Nutrition Services was named the overall winner of the competition. The department also won a pizza party and three of the available gift baskets; however, Nutrition Services has elected to donate the money that would be used for the pizza party to Sierra’s Haven.
Environmental Services came in second place followed by Medical Imaging, Administration and Performance Improvement. The total number of donations increased by 330 items from 2009.
“With the current economic times, it’s especially incredible to see the generosity displayed to our community by SOMC employees,” Mary Peercy, executive director of the United Way of Scioto County, said. “SOMC and its employees have always been a huge supporter of providing supplies for our local students and we thank them for their continued dedication.”