The Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut, Inc. (VNA South Central) has teamed up with other local organizations to donate holiday food baskets for Thanksgiving to local families. Webster Bank, Yale New Haven Hospital Heart Center, Gateway College’s Student Nurse Association, Benjamin Jepson School, Day Pitney and Coldwell Banker have gathered $2,000 in gift card donations and over 1,000 food items for families less fortunate. This year surpassed the requested donation amounts of years past.
This year, VNA South Central is providing Thanksgiving baskets to 98 families this holiday season, stocked with food and includes a grocery store gift card for a turkey purchases. However, the giving behavior of VNA South Central is not new to the organization.
Pam Gent, RN is a nursing supervisor who has been with VNA South Central for over 30 years. She created “Pam’s Pantry”, a food pantry, for patients in need approximately 18 years ago. This pantry provides emergency food supplies to patients and their families who are in need of food donations throughout the year. Prior to the establishment of the pantry, individual staff members were purchasing groceries for these patients out of their own pockets. The pantry is supported by VNA South Central staff donations, a grant from Webster bank, as well as annual food drives from Yale New Haven Hospital’s Heart Center and Gateway College’s Student Nurse Association. Pam stated while packing up the gift baskets at the One Long Wharf office, “I am overjoyed with the generosity of the community and staff members in support of the program. We are looking forward to helping these 98 families and look forward to helping even more throughout the year.”
Lisa Dupuis, President & CEO commented on this year’s holiday food drive, “this showing of generosity is common every day here at the VNA South Central. We have since our inception been a non-profit mission driven organization. We, along with the other organizations that were a part of this effort, have the common goal of helping and supporting the community. “