Helping Hands: The Food Bank of the Golden Crescent

Sonny Long

Dec. 17, 2010 at 6:17 a.m.

The battle lines were drawn. Hager's Hunger Busters faced off against Hager's Holiday Helpers. The winner?

The Food Bank of the Golden Crescent.

The nursing staff, including the lab and ultrasound departments and the clerical staff of the Victoria Women's Clinic challenged each other, in the memory of the late Dr. Mark Hager, to gather food donations for the Food Bank.

Both groups brought in 3,400 items. According to the Food Bank, the items weighed 3,073 pounds. The food drive began on Nov. 29.

"Each year, we do something for Christmas. This year was especially meaningful because Dr. Hager died in September and we wanted to do something in his honor," said Peggy Bryant, clinic administrative coordinator. "And it wasn't just us. A lot of people in the community contributed."

Donation boxes were placed at the three Victoria hospitals and donations were received from family members and patients. One nurse collected donations at her church and others did neighborhood walks.

"We were excited about how much we collected," Bryant said. "Everyone really came together for a good cause."



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