As part of giving back to the community this year, SCI Mercer staff not only participated in the annual "Treasures for Children" toy drive in conjunction with the Sharon Salvation Army, but also held a food drive and volunteered at a local food warehouse.
Each year during the holiday season, SCI Mercer holds a non-perishable food drive to stock the shelves of the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry in Mercer. A box is placed in the staff lounge to collect donated items from staff. In addition, staff attending the Employee Association Christmas party are asked to bring food items to donate to the pantry.
On Dec. 24, more than 200 pounds of non-perishable food items were donated to the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, which provides food to those in need in the Mercer County area.
On Dec. 7, administrative staff volunteered their time and energy at the Community Food Warehouse in Sharon. This non-profit organization is a member of Feeding America, the nation's network of food banks who warehouse non-perishable food items for its member agencies. Staff volunteered to sort and box up donated food. According to Lauren Moyer, Program/Volunteer Coordinator at Community Food Warehouse, staff moved and sorted more than 7,000 pounds of food in the couple of hours they were at the warehouse.
The experience not only gave staff the opportunity to give back to the community but fostered teamwork.
Thanks to all who participated in these events that benefit folks from the Mercer County communities.
SCI Mercer extends wishes for a Happy Holiday to all.