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Gentiva Health Services kicks off 10th annual food drive today

August 1, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Gentiva Health Services launched its 10th annual food drive for local food pantries today, with various locations in the county for residents to drop off non-perishable items.
The food drive runs Aug. 1-31, and drop-off points in West Point include the Henry Clay Hotel Retirement Community, Dugan Memorial Home, Waverly Care Home, Sunflower and Kroger.
Gentiva Home, Health and Clinical Specialist Cindy Hathcock said food drive yielded about 2,000 pounds of food from around the Golden Triangle last year.
“It’s a wonderful thing for members of the community to be able to give back,” Hathcock said. “I cover three counties in the area, and even though I might not live here, I feel like I’m a part of the community.”
Gentiva Senior Specialist Jackie Nason said area churches and youth groups get involved with the drive, and that all the food collected in each community stays in that community.
“The people donating will be giving food to their own needy, and not sending it off somewhere else,” Nason said.
Henry Clay Director of Resident Services Dee Mathis said the retirement community has been a drop-off site for the food drive for the past two years.
“The residents jumped on board quickly because they’re community-minded,” Mathis said. “They don’t just live in the Henry Clay, they live in the community.”

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