OVMC and EORH Serves as Donation Center for Operation Christmas Smiles

Monday, December 8, 2014

Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital are supporting a local charitable initiative that provides food and gifts to children in need this holiday season.

Operation Christmas Smiles, a continuation of the Adopt a Student program through the Bethlehem Apostolic Temple, is accepting donations of non-perishable food items and gifts for children for the church's Dec. 20 event at which families receive these items at no cost. Last year, the organization provided food and gifts for Christmas to more than 550 local families, and this year the number is expected to nearly double. The event is sponsored by the North Wheeling Youth Center, Bethlehem Apostolic Temple, the D.W. Cummings Evangelistic Association, and other community organizations.

“The holiday season is a time to extend a hand of charity to those in our community, and Dr. Darrell Cummings' leadership through Operation Christmas Smiles will ensure that local families will have food on their tables, and children will have gifts to unwrap on Christmas Day through the charitable donations received,” said Michael Caruso, president and CEO of Ohio Valley Health Services and Education Corp. “Our hospital is pleased to serve as a donation center for this noteworthy cause.”

Operation Christmas Smiles is in need of non-perishable food items and gifts for children up to age 17. Donations items can be, but not limited to, toys for young children as well as items for adolescents such as hats, gloves, and personal hygiene kits that include body washes or shave kits. These items can be delivered to the business office at the Bethlehem Apostolic Temple in addition to donation bins in the OVMC and EORH lobbies. Monetary donations can be made at any WesBanco location under the Adopt a Family Fund.

Ohio Valley Medical Center, located in Wheeling, W. Va., and East Ohio Regional Hospital, located in Martins Ferry, Ohio, are a 340-bed combined organization with more than 1,600 employees providing the area’s only comprehensive orthopedic centers of excellence, behavioral and mental health services and board certified emergency services on both sides of the Ohio River. We are the Ohio Valley's community hospitals.


IMAGE CAPTION: Sarah Benedetta, registration clerk at OVMC, leaves a toy donation at one of the hospital's donation bins for Operation Christmas Smiles. The lobbies at both OVMC and EORH have donation bins for visitors to leave gifts for children and non-perishable food items.