PMH Gives Back to the Community

Posted Date: 1/30/2019
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Preston Memorial employees pose with canned goods and non-perishable food items to be distributed throughout the Preston County food pantries.

 

Preston Memorial employees take pride in continuously giving back to the communities served by the hospital, especially during the holiday season. Throughout a period of three months, PMH employees supported various community partners, including the Salvation Army, Preston County nursing homes, local food pantries and the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties.

 

Employees were able to assist 30 children in Preston County through the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program. The Angel Tree Program serves families in need to provide gifts to their children at Christmas. PMH employees donated clothing, shoes, coats and toys for children ranging in age from infants to young teens.

 

“Everyone at Preston Memorial loves participating in this program each year because our employees are so dedicated, and they enjoy giving back to our community,” said Kim Liston, Preston Memorial Community Programs Coordinator. “We’ve had departments in the past that have decided not to give each other gifts for Christmas in order to help a child in need,” Liston explained.

 

Preston Memorial employees and volunteers were also able to assist 60 senior citizens during the Christmas season. Care packages were assembled and distributed to nursing homes throughout the county. Packages were made up of donations including toiletry items, socks, puzzle books, etc.

 

“We see a lot of elderly patients in our hospital, so often times the folks in the nursing homes are our patients,” Liston said. “We just want to take care of them to the best of our ability.”

 

PMH wrapped up its annual food drive in January after receiving more than 15 boxes of canned food and non-perishable items from employees. All the items collected from the drive have been distributed among the Preston County food pantries and the Backpack Program.

 

“We would just like to thank everyone who graciously supported our community this holiday season,” Liston said.

 

Additionally, Preston Memorial concluded its 2019 United Way workplace campaign in December. PMH is one of many organizations in the area that raised funds to support the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties’ 2019 “Change Starts Here” Campaign. The United Way plays a vital role in helping the common good of the community, focusing on three key areas, including health, education and financial stability.

 

PMH provided funds totaling more than $6,000 to the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties. The majority of the funds raised from the Preston Memorial campaign will stay within the county and will be distributed to Preston County United Way funded partners.

 

 

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