DCMH Coat Drive Results in Generous Donation
“The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization... The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty.” Martin Luther King Jr.
Led by Barbara Broadbent, director of Nutrition Services, the staff at Delaware County Memorial Hospital have taken that quote to heart and shown their full commitment to the community by kicking off their first MLK Day coat drive. “We wanted to recognize Martin Luther King’s official holiday and the fact that he studied at the Crozer Theological Seminary,” Broadbent says. “Most of the employees can’t afford to do a day of service because of their responsibilities at work and home, so we decided to turn that one day into a full week of giving.” The idea was communicated to all hospital departments through email blasts and flyers that were posted in the cafeteria. The response was immediate and overwhelming. People came from all over the hospital to give anything they could. Crozer-Chester Medical Center, sister hospital of DCMH, made the effort and donated some items to the cause as well.
After the week was up, the Nutrition Services staff was left with an astounding number of items – over 250 coats, gloves and hats. “It was overwhelming to see the amount of items that were donated at the end of that week,” Broadbent says. “We received a collection bin at the beginning of this drive. I thought that this bin was so large that I actually asked for a smaller one, not knowing that I would eventually have to empty and refill the bin three to four different times.” The response was huge, due to the hearts of the staff at DCMH.
Broadbent’s next step was to get in contact with someone who could help her find a place that could best utilize the donated coats. “I contacted Mary Wascavage, the director of Public Relations, and asked her if she knew somewhere that would benefit from taking these coats,” Broadbent says. “Mary and her staff contacted the great people at the Community Action Agency of Delaware County so that they could help us find a place that could use them, and set up a time for them to come and pick everything up.” CAADC is a non-profit organization that assists families and individuals to move toward economic self-sufficiency and reduce their dependence on public support.
Together, DCMH and CAADC were able to distribute those items to families across Delaware County that really needed them this winter. Ed Coleman, CEO of CAADC, had this to say about DCMH’s effort: “We are pleased to be the recipient of Delaware County Memorial Hospital’s coat drive. As a result of their efforts we received two van loads of coats which will be distributed to the needy. We value our ongoing partnership with Crozer-Keystone Health System and Delaware County Memorial Hospital - which has included food and toy drives, cash donations and provision of health education and health services to our client population.
“CKHS and DCMH have truly demonstrated their commitment to assisting the less fortunate of Delaware County,” Coleman continues. “Management and staff are to be commended for their efforts.”
Pictured, left to right, are Nutrition Service employees Chandra Davis, Jack
Haslett, and Barbara Broadbent (director).