For Immediate Release: December 1, 2014
Eric Cardin, SCPT Executive Director, 508-832-2628
AUBURN _ The need for coats, hats, and mittens for those less fortunate continues to grow each year, and it truly takes a community to make a marked difference.
South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT), an organization with deep roots in the Central Massachusetts community, has not lost sight of those in need. Through the goodness of its team, SCPT has inspired an annual Hat and Mitten Drive that will enter its second year this season. According to SCPT staff member Mary Haglund, the event began rather informally in 2011 with staff members donating hats and mittens to a few local social service organizations serving those less fortunate.
“It started rather slowly at first but last year, once people learned about our drive, we received hats, mittens, gloves and even a coat from staff and patients,” Haglund said.
Both Haglund and SCPT coworker Trish Champlin have championed this annual event and in past years donations have benefited non-profits such as Auburn Youth and Family Services, Inc., Friendly House, Inc., the Dr. James A. Caradonio New Citizens Center; the Bishop’s Fund, and St. John’s Church in Worcester.
“Donating annually to different organizations that serve people in need within the communities we live and work is rewarding for everyone involved,” said SCPT Executive Director Eric Cardin. “Over the years, it has been wonderful to see both our staff and our patients collaborate in community give-back initiatives. We believe that the more we can do together, the greater the impact on our community.”
Donations of infant, children and adults hats, mittens and gloves can be dropped off the Monday after Thanksgiving (Dec. 1) at all six SCPT clinics in Auburn, Charlton, Millbury, Westborough on East Main Street and Oak Street, and Worcester. Addresses for these locations can be found on the SCPT website at www.southcountypt.com.
The SCPT Hat and Mitten Drive will take place the weeks leading up to Christmas and all donations will be dropped off prior to the holiday to local organizations in need.
“Once we get all the donations in, we pair hats, mittens and gloves together as sets and then make our deliveries,” Haglund said.
“When people are out doing their holiday shopping, we hope they will remember those less fortunate and stop by one of our offices and make a donation,” Cardin said. “What better way to celebrate the holiday season than by helping to keep someone else warm this winter.”
For more information on making a donation at one of the SCPT clinic locations, call 508-832-2628.
For nearly 30 years, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. has been dedicated to providing its patients with quality, personalized rehabilitative care in an environment that is safe, comfortable and compassionate. As a privately owned company, the organization has given back to numerous charitable organizations in the communities it serves, and seeks to make a difference in promoting wellness and health awareness. The company offers six locations in Central Massachusetts that include: Auburn, Charlton, Millbury, Westborough (East Main Street and Oak Street) and Worcester. For more information, visit www.southcountypt.com.
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