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Baptist Health Paducah collects 12,557 pounds of food

Before the recent “Stuff the Truck” food drive began at Baptist Health Paducah, hospital employees had already collected nearly 10,000 pounds of food from soft drink sales, jeans day promotions, department competitions and collection boxes.

At day’s end, hospital employee contributions made up more than three-fourths of the total – 12,557 pounds – donated to Paducah Power’s Christmas in the Park project. “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our employees who worked hard all year to make sure local food pantries are well-stocked,” said marketing director Dona Rains.

Baptist Heart Center won the inter-department competition with 631 pounds, more than twice the amount they collected last year. “Many employees gave food instead of Christmas gifts to honor each other or their supervisors,” Rains said.

Paducah Power hosted “Stuff the Truck” on Dec. 4 at Baptist Health Paducah and Dec. 5 at Lourdes hospital, netting 17,620 pounds overall for food pantries at The Salvation Army, Paducah Cooperative Ministry and Family Service Society.