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Medical City McKinney is donating $30,000 to four local organizations, part of a proud annual holiday tradition for hospital colleagues and medical staff. Community Food Pantry of McKinney, McKinney Education Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, and The Samaritan Inn are this year’s beneficiaries.

Medical City McKinney and its medical staff donated $3,750 each for a total of $7,500 to each of the non-profits.

“It’s been a challenging couple of years for our many non-profit organizations and we are pleased to give back to our community as part of our mission to the care and improvement of human life,” says Ernest C. Lynch, III, CEO of Medical City McKinney. “These donations will make a positive impact on our community and the lives these organizations serve through housing, food, educational and emotional support.”

The Community Food Pantry of McKinney is a nonprofit outreach program that provides food to families and individuals in need. Last year, the food pantry provided close to 30,000 meals, which fed 2,500 people, including 1,033 children.

“We are looking forward to using this donation to help us convert our distribution process to a client-choice format that will allow our clients to choose food they want for themselves, much like in a grocery store,” says Steve Menchaca, executive director, Community Food Pantry of McKinney. “We plan to expand offerings to include refrigerated items like milk, eggs and butter.”

The McKinney Education Foundation raises money for educational grants for McKinney ISD teachers and scholarships for deserving graduates of McKinney high schools and Serenity High students recovering from substance abuse.

“The McKinney Education Foundation (MEF) is honored to receive continued support from Medical City McKinney. This support allows MEF to continue growing our scholarship program so McKinney ISD students have an opportunity to recognize their true potential through higher education opportunities,” says Ashley Sine, executive director of McKinney Education Foundation.

The Alzheimer's Association advocates for the needs and rights of those facing Alzheimer’s disease and advancing critical research toward methods of treatment, prevention and ultimately, a cure. The North Texas Alzheimer’s Association provides patients’ family members with support and education.

“This donation is immensely helpful to our fight to end Alzheimer’s,” says Jenni Knutson, Alzheimer’s Association, North Texas chapter board member. “Medical City McKinney is such a great partner putting actions along with this donation in creating real-time solutions for families in the area that are deep in this fight.”

The Samaritan Inn is a transitional homeless program and is the largest provider to the homeless in Collin County. The program provides housing to single men, women and children. One-third of their residents are children.

“We’re so incredibly grateful to partners like Medical City McKinney,” says Rick Crocker, CEO, The Samaritan Inn. “With their generous support and encouragement, we are able to assist some of our most vulnerable neighbors here in North Texas as they make their journey from homelessness to thriving. We couldn’t accomplish our mission without great people like the team at Medical City McKinney. Together, we are an unstoppable force.”

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