110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
posted Aug 15, 2013 - 2:15:42pm
The school year is rapidly approaching and for many, that means it’s time for back-to-school shopping. Fortunately, the first graders at Edith I. Starke Elementary School, 730 S. Parsons Ave. in DeLand, are taken care of, thanks to the physicians and staff at Florida Hospital-DeLand.
As part of the annual Backpack Drive, Florida Hospital-DeLand stuffed more than 100 backpacks with pencils, crayons, folders, notebooks and other supplies.
On Aug. 12, Florida Hospital-DeLand Chaplain Rudy Sterling led a group of approximately 50 employees in prayer, blessing the back-to-school supplies hospital employees donated to the local first graders.
“This is such a wonderful thing,” said Randy Surber, Florida Hospital-DeLand chief operating officer, to the employees who gathered. “This is a reflection on you and your generosity. It is great to see that you care very deeply about taking care of the kids in our community.”
“We have been doing this for Edith I. Starke Elementary School for more than 10 years and look forward to it each year,” said Ellen Hillyer, manager of employee health. “It is so wonderful to see our hospital’s mission in action through the generosity of our employees. I’m so proud of everyone who worked to make this backpack drive a reality and touch the lives of so many kids.”
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