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UPMC employees donate supplies

EVERETT — UPMC employees helped hundreds of local students in Bedford and Blair county schools during the health system’s recent “Lend A Hand” campaign, which focused on providing children with the tools needed for school activities.

During July and August, UPMC Bedford Memorial employees participated in the effort to assist students at Bedford Elementary School. Coordinated by Kris Schaale, human resources manager at UPMC Bedford, employees donated enough pens, pencils, crayons, markers, notebooks, scissors, glue and other supplies to fill 26 backpacks.

Eighteen Bedford Elementary students received the backpacks stuffed with supplies, and an additional eight backpacks went to children through local social work organizations.

In Blair County, UPMC Altoona employees participated in the “Stuff the Bus” campaign orchestrated by the Family Resource Center at United Way of Blair County. Altoona hospital employees donated nine boxes filled with pens, crayons, markers, notebooks, paper, book binders and several backpacks.

Each month, UPMC employees participate in Lend A Hand projects and make a lasting impact through serving their communities.

Monthly Lend A Hand donation drives and volunteer events are facilitated by the UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion.