BACKPACK DRIVE: PMC employees display their overwhelming generosity during their recent backpack drive.
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PMC employees proudly support backpack drive

Amy Charles

Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is working with the Pike County Board of Education to help provide backpacks and school supplies for children in need this year. There are many families in the community facing financial hardships, with children attending public school. This is just one of the many ways that PMC gives back to the region.


PMC employees brought in donations for two weeks to help provide children with school supplies that their parents may have had a difficult time purchasing this year.


"Several backpacks have been donated," said PMC Human Resources Manager, Jesse DeRossett. "There has also been a great deal of basic supplies donated such as pencils, crayons, composition books, binders and much more."


DeRossett organized the backpack drive and was in charge of collecting the donations and delivering them to the Pike County Board of Education.


"PMC is focused on giving the local students the tools they need to have a productive and happy start to their school year," explained DeRossett. "We want every child to have the capability to excel and a lot of times that starts with being prepared."


One employee donated an entire trunk full of supplies to the drive. Monica Comer of Grapevine works in PMC's internal audit department. She and her husband, Chuck, felt led to help in this cause.


"My friend is a teacher and she tells me that some kids come to school with the best of everything and some kids come to school and don't have a pencil," said Comer. "PMC's backpack drive is good because it will help kids that need it have a good start to the year."


The directors of the nursing units, led by Vice President of Patient Services Jeannette Sexton, were big contributors to the drive, spending over $1,000.


"It is important for me, being a leader at PMC, to give back to the community," explained Sexton. "My departments and I felt that participating in the school supply drive was something that we wanted to do to help the community. The community supports PMC everyday so this is giving back to those who need some help getting their kids ready for school."


The backpack drive ended on July 31. All donations were picked up by the board of education to be distributed to the family resource directors of the schools in Pike County. From there, the supplies will make it into the hands of the children that need them the most.