The Shore Memorial Hospital Emergency Services Department recently completed its 3rd Annual Holiday Food and Toy Drive and was able to fill a large ambulance with donations. The new toys and non-perishable food items are bound for the Grace Lutheran Church Food Pantry of Somers Point and local Toys for Tots distribution centers.
Since beginning the holiday drive back in 2008, the ambulance squad’s total donations have exceeded $12,000 in non-perishable food, toys and monetary donations.
“Our Emergency Services Department, along with Shore Memorial Hospital and Vanguard Healthcare, feel that helping the community means not just being there when they ask, but also being there for them when they don’t expect it,” says Steve Grecco, coordinator of Shore Memorial’s Emergency Services.”
The emergency medical technicians, who transport 4-5,000 patients annually, wrote letters to local businesses asking for help, and put drop locations at ShopRite and Acme supermarkets in Somers Point, This ‘N That Uniforms in Pleasantville and Outback Steakhouse in Egg Harbor Township.
“The current state of the economy has created a need that is greater than ever, especially during the holiday season,” Grecco says. “To be able to offer what help we can to our community is a great feeling, and something we look forward to doing every year.”
Pictured (l to r): Captain Steve Grecco, coordinator of Shore Memorial Emergency Services, Emergency Services personnel Amanda Edwards, Mike Armona, Mike Hober, Bill Shallcross, Nicolle Chapman, Cristi Cottrell and Lisa Krause, RN.