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Friday, November 16, 2012 - Paul Oliver Staff Contribute to Three Area Food Banks

Trevor Crawford helps his mother, Julie Bankston, tally the gifts to Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital’s food drive.

Paul Oliver Staff Contribute to Three Area Food Banks
Annual Harvest Gathering raises $1,099, collects 599 pounds of food

Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital staff once again showed their willingness to give back to the Benzie County community.

As part of the Michigan Health and Hospitals Association annual Harvest Gathering Food Drive, Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital staff collected 599 pounds of food, and raised $1,099 to be divided between three area food banks.

“We had a silent auction where our employees brought in things to sell, and that’s how we raised most of the money,” said Julie Banktson, manager of Human Resources at the hospital. “We’ve been part of the food drive for many years and it is nice to be able to help food banks, especially during difficult economic times. Our staff members have a real interest in the wellbeing of people in our community and this is just one example of how they get involved to make a difference in their lives.”

Banktson said the food and money have been divided between Benzie Area Christian Neighbors in Benzonia, Benzie Food Partners in Honor, and Community Spirit Food Source in Frankfort.

“Paul Oliver’s impact on the community is not always acute care services. Sometimes it’s a group of employees reaching out spontaneously reacting to difficult news for a staff or community member. In this case it resulted in a food drive and collection for BACN,” said David Abeel, director of development for Benzie Area Christian Neighbors. “It’s one of the joys of fund raising at Benzie Area Christian Neighbors. The illusion where you thought you knew of all the drives and fundraisers under way to help you. Then, out of the blue, a car pulls up with bags of groceries and an envelope of cash from a drive you had no idea was under way! You meet great people and realize how broadly your message has extended and just deep and broad community compassion is for the work you do every day.”

Since 1998, the efforts of Michigan hospitals and related organizations have contributed more than $1 million and more than 2.5 million pounds of food to help feed the hungry.