Sparrow Caregivers recognized for food drive contributions

Mary Pride, Surgical Services Manager

Published: Nov. 21, 2013

Caregivers from Sparrow's Surgical Services Department were honored with Michigan Harvest Gathering's Four Seasons Award for their extraordinary efforts to feed Michigan's hungry.

The Four Seasons Award is given to individuals or organizations who have shown a steadfast commitment to support Michigan families through all the seasons. The Michigan Harvest Gathering is an annual statewide campaign that raises food and funds for Michigan's emergency food response.

"This is a great honor and we are so thankful to have the opportunity to give back to our community that does so much for us," said Surgical Services Manager Mary Pride, who accepted the award on behalf of her department Wednesday. "We are proud of our team's dedication to helping our neighbors."

Since its inception in 1991, the Michigan Harvest Gathering has raised more than $8.6 million and more than 8.7 million pounds of food, significantly benefitting Michigan food banks.

Sparrow Caregivers provide big support to the annual campaign, with Sparrow Surgical Services leading the pack. Last year, the department's Caregivers, Physicians, Staff and family members began pooling their resources, and in 2013, they were able to donate enough money for 10,000 meals. Overall, Sparrow Caregivers throughout the health system donated more than 3.5 tons of food and more than $3,000 to Michigan Harvest Gathering this year.

Supporting causes such as the Michigan Harvest Gathering is just one way our Caregivers strive to achieve Sparrow's mission to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve.