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Christmas Eve meals to be prepared, delivered to families by Meritus staff

December 21, 2012

This year, more than 2,200 Christmas Day meals will go to area families from the caring hands of the Meritus Medical Center emergency department and staff in the 10th annual Lend-A-Hand project for the Tri-State area.

More than 150 volunteers, including doctors and nurses from the Meritus Medical Center emergency department, which sponsors the annual Christmas Eve project, will prepare holiday meals for delivery in a conference room-turned-distribution point at Robinwood Professional Center.

Seventy-five drivers on the volunteer team will begin to deliver the meals, which include turkey and all the trimmings, about 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 24.

Meritus Health works with local social services agencies and Washington County Public Schools to find families who can benefit from the Christmas Eve meal project. Homes and living facilities throughout the county are on the delivery routes, which were coordinated by Washington County Emergency Communications.
 

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The event, founded and funded by the medical staff of Meritus Medical Center and MEP, the emergency physicians group, began in 2003 when doctors and nurses saw the need and began cooking meals in their homes for local families. It has since become a staple community event with volunteers from all over Meritus Health, and meals cooked by the Meritus Medical Center hospital nutrition services department.

For more information, call Nicole Jovel at 240-291-8878 or send an email to nicole.jovel@meritushealth.com.

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