GIV’ER drive at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital supports community during COVID-19

Some of the food items collected during the GIV’ER drive at St Martha’s Regional Hospital in December. Not shown are the bags and boxes of warm clothing, household items and toiletries that were also collected.

When individuals and businesses donated their time, talents, food and treats to those working at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital (SMRH) in Antigonish, staff, doctors and volunteers were overwhelmed by the support that was shown by their community. 

It has long been a tradition at the hospital that staff fundraise to support individuals over the holidays, but as December approached staff also wanted to give back to the community.  

The SMRH Mission Committee took on the job, and felt that the holidays were a great time to give back by supporting local food bank and charities.  

The Mission Committee coordinated the GIV’ER drive, which ran from December 1 to 21. 

Designated collection boxes were placed in centrally-located areas throughout the hospital and the Antigonish Health and Wellness Centre. Staff donated non-perishable food items, warm clothing, toiletries and household items by dropping them off at one boxes. 

Items were collected, sorted and distributed to the local food bank and several organizations that support families in the town and county.

“While a hardship for so many and for so long, COVID has made us richer in many ways,” said SMRH site lead, Kathy Chisholm. “We are indeed fortunate to serve and be served by such generous, kind and compassionate people.”