Legacy Health employees donate more than 37,000 pairs of socks
The participation of Legacy Health's employees in the company’s second annual charity sock drive resulted in donations of 37,246 pairs of new socks to help those experiencing hardship in our communities this winter.
The goal for the employee charity drive was two pairs of new socks donated per employee, or 26,000 pairs of socks. The sock drive result exceeded goal by 43 percent.
“The generosity of our employees and their compassion for the comfort of people in need means that thousands of men, women and children in our Portland-Vancouver region will have warmer feet this winter,” said Trent Green, Sr. Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer and President of Legacy Medical Group. “I’m very proud that our people stepped up like this to help make a big difference this winter,” said Green.
Among Legacy Health’s 2016 Sock Drive highlights:
Legacy Medical Group collected 7,196 pairs of socks
Legacy Emanuel donated 6,545 pairs
Legacy System Office donated 5,932 pairs
Legacy Good Samaritan gathered 4,773 pairs
Legacy Salmon Creek collected 3,500 pairs
Legacy Meridian Park gathered 2,635 pairs
Legacy GoHealth donated 2,307 pairs
Legacy Mount Hood donated 1,718 pairs
Randall Children’s Hospital gathered 1,638 pairs
Legacy Silverton collected 1,002 pairs
The socks will be shared among 18 charitable community partners who work with people who are homeless and those experiencing economic hardship. These organizations include: AWARE, Benedictine Sisters of Mt. Angel, Canby School District, Central City Concern, Community action, Community Action Team, Friendly House, Love Santa, Inc., New Avenues for Youth, No One Left Behind, Northwest Children’s Outreach, Outside In, Rose Haven, Sandy Community Action Center, Share of Vancouver, Silverton Area Community Aid, Tigard/Tualatin School District Caring Closet, and Transition Projects.
Some of the donated socks will be used at Legacy’s community closets and emergency departments to serve patients who are in need of socks.
Experts say the average homeless person walks about 10 miles a day. The wet, cold winters can land those without adequate foot cover in the Emergency Room with blisters, frostbite or lesions. “You can’t imagine what a difference these socks will make to people we serve who are living outside,” said Tom Perry, outreach volunteer with No One Left Behind based in Gresham, Oregon.
The sock drive is part of an employee engagement strategy that Legacy started in 2015 to focus employee giving and charity impact on helping alleviate serious community challenges. Legacy’s charity drives include a spring food drive and the early winter sock drive. In its second year, Legacy’s 2016 food drive generated 22,390 pounds of donated food for 14 community food banks. The success of Legacy’s food and sock drives shows that our our employee charity drives are effectively addressing important health and wellness needs in the metropolitan region.
About Legacy Health
Legacy Health is Oregon's only locally-owned nonprofit healthcare organization with over 12,000 employees. Legacy includes Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center, Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, Legacy Silverton Medical Center, Legacy Laboratory Services, and Legacy Research Institute. Legacy also includes over 100 Legacy Medical Group primary care and specialty care clinics. www.legacyhealth.org
For media inquiries, please call Legacy Health media pager at 503-938-7788.
Photo 1: Volunteer coordinator Marissa Cuevas counts socks at Legacy Emanuel. Photos 9 and 10, 3,100 socks fill a Subaru headed for New Avenues for Youth. Photo 11. Trent Green, Chief Strategy Officer and President, Legacy Medical Group, and Sonja Steves, Chief Human Resources Officer after a sock "count-off."