Crouse Hospital employees, volunteers and physicians shared their kind and generous spirit — as they have over the years for projects in our community — with Syracuse school children preparing for the new school year. For the third consecutive summer, they donated funds to purchase more than 300 backpacks (100 more than the original goal), which will be filled with all sorts of items they'll need for class.
On Thursday, Aug. 16, Crouse Courier Rich Parker delivered the backpacks to Mary Nelson, both pictured here, who accepted them on behalf of the Mary Nelson Foundation.
On Saturday, Aug. 18, the backpacks will be added to the those collected by other organizations and individuals in the area during the 11th annual Mary Nelson Youth Day Barbeque. Mary registered 28,000 students, and after the Crouse donation, another 2,700 backpacks are still needed. Backpacks can be dropped off to the Youth Center at 2849 South Salina St., Syracuse. Call 315/422-5690 for more information about donating.
Thanks to all Crouse employees who donated or assisted with this project, demonstrating the Crouse mission, vision and values in action. Deborah Montrond spearheaded the collection, assisted by Cindy Brown, Lisa McNish, Zair Carella and Denise Amidon.
Employees in Crouse PromptCare are collecting school supplies for area students. Donations can be dropped off at PromptCare, located on the street level of the CNY Medical Center at 739 Irving Ave., across the street from the hospital.
Best wishes to students of all ages for a safe and productive academic year!