COVID-19 did not deter Medical City McKinney colleagues from their tradition to support local charities during the holiday season. The hospital and its medical staff proudly donated $30,000 to four local charities – Community Food Pantry of McKinney, McKinney Education Foundation, Community Lifeline Center and The Samaritan Inn.
Medical City McKinney and its medical staff donated $5,000 each for a total of $10,000 to the Community Food Pantry and the McKinney Education Foundation, and a total of $5,000 each to Community Lifeline Center and The Samaritan Inn.
“This year has been hard on 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. “I know these donations will make a huge impact on our community and the lives these organizations serve through housing, food and educational 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 60,000 meals, which fed 4,352 people, including 2,055 children.
“We have experienced additional expenses this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are grateful for this donation to the food pantry,” says Carol Bodwell, director and board president of the Community Food Pantry. “We will use this donation to help purchase groceries to provide 10,527 meals for our community in need.”
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 is honored to partner with Medical City McKinney to support our teacher classroom grant and student scholarship programs,” says Ashley Sine, executive director of McKinney Education Foundation. “We are so grateful that Medical City McKinney generously supports our educators and students.”
The Community Lifeline Center provides firm footing to those experiencing a temporary crisis. A client’s needs may range from rent and utility assistance to food.
“This year we have experienced unprecedented need in our community and experienced unprecedented generosity,” says Scott Elliott, Executive Director, Community Lifeline Center. “In 2019, we distributed approximately 50,000 pounds of food in our community and this year we have distributed more than 700,000 pounds of food. This gift will help us sustain our increased level of food provisions in our community.”
The Samaritan Inn is a transitional homeless program and is the largest provider to the homeless in Collin County. They provide housing to single men and women and children, with one-third of their residents being children.
“This generous contribution will be used in our continued efforts to assist homeless families with children and single individuals get back on their feet once again,” says Rick Crocker, CEO, The Samaritan Inn. “We rely on partners like Medical City McKinney, especially in these unprecedented times when so many have been negatively impacted by the COVID -19 pandemic. We’re most grateful for this support.”