Employees of Southern Ohio Medical Center helped to donate 3,733 supply items for area school children during the 2009 United Way School Supply Drive, which took place Aug. 7 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. “I was concerned that the economy might prevent employees from giving, but one department alone gave more than we received all-together last year.”
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 the team to earn the most would be awarded a pizza party.
SOMC Nutrition Services was named the overall winner of the competition, donating enough supplies to earn an outstanding 4,944 points. The department also won the pizza party and three of the available gift baskets.
“I have worked for SOMC for three years and I wanted to find a way to get my department involved,” Nutrition Aide Penny Robinson said. “I took this project and ran with it.”
Robinson encouraged her coworkers to donate toward the cause and helped raise approximately $600. She also received a generous donation from employee Sheila Rawlins and her husband, Sgt. Anthony Rawlins, on behalf of the Ohio Army National Guard.
“I was budget conscious while shopping and looked for the best deals so the money would stretch to buy more supplies,” she said. “I went shopping nearly every day after work and spent all but two cents. We were very determined to win first place.”
The SOMC Housekeeping Department challenged Nutrition Services by gathering as many school supplies as possible, placing second in the competition with 2,250 points. The department won the remaining gift baskets and plans to use them during National Housekeeping Week this September.
“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.”
“I want to thank my coworkers for helping the community through this process and making it a great experience for everyone involved,” Robinson said. “Next year will be bigger and better and I can’t wait to see how far we can push ourselves to help those in need.”