PMC food drive to benefit needy families

Amy Charles

Thanksgiving is a time that many give thanks for their blessings. It is also a time when local charitable organizations increase their efforts to help the less fortunate. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) and its over 3,200 employees hosted a food drive to help make Thanksgiving a little easier for many families in need in the region.


In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, employees donated non-perishable food items.


"We collected donated items at PMC's main campus and many of our off-site locations," said Ceirra Wells, PMC Human Resources project manager. "We were able to fill five SUVs with the generously donated items."


Many local organizations were able to benefit from the donations, including First Christian Church, Cornerstone Christian Church, Pikeville Senior Center, Thankful Hearts Food Pantry and Westcare Emergency Shelter.


The churches used the food donations to help with their community dinners for the less fortunate as well as send food home with the families for their own pantries.


"Following PMC's Christian mission, our employees are always eager to help others in need," said Wells. "Whether it is giving to victims of natural disasters or helping the less fortunate, PMC employees will continue making a difference throughout our community."


PMC's charitable efforts were focused on assisting neighbors, friends and families in the region the hospital serves.