Medical centers give back with school supply drive | Journal-news


RANSON — A new school year begins Aug. 22 for students in Jefferson and Berkeley counties, and Jefferson Medical Center and Berkeley Medical Center recently helped students get back to class with a school supply drive.

Jefferson Medical Center staff members held a supplies drive Aug. 1-5 and donated school supplies such as crayons, markers, notebooks and folders for elementary and high school students.

Deborah Crites is the director of development for the WVU Hospitals East Foundation and describes the campaign as a group effort.

“People could come and contribute however they could, which we really appreciated,” Crites said. “Providing school supplies for all ages to students in Jefferson County was important to us.”

The school supply drive is Jefferson Medical Center’s first since the coronavirus pandemic began in 2020. Crites said people love giving back and supporting children in the community.

“We are pleased to support the Jefferson County school system,” Crites said, “and wish everyone a happy and healthy school year.”

A school supply drive was also organized by the Berkeley Medical Center. Both campaigns were equally successful.

“Both events we hosted went really well,” Crites said. “We look forward to what can be put in place in the future.”

The WVU Hospitals East Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising private funds to support patient care and comfort at Berkeley Medical Center and Jefferson Medical Center, as well as supporting health initiatives to benefit the community members.


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