WHITE PLAINS, NY – November 15, 2012 – In order to help those in need during the holiday season, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital will sponsor a food and coat drive at its main campus and satellite centers throughout Westchester County and the Bronx. The drive will take place from Nov. 19 through Dec. 31. Donated food will be distributed through the Food Bank for Westchester and the coats by NY Cares. Both organizations are uniquely positioned to ensure the donations go to those in our community who need assistance.
Non-perishable, unexpired food will be collected at all of Burke's locations. Items needed by the Food Bank for Westchester are can openers; cans of tuna; granola bars; peanut butter in plastic jars; condensed or powdered milk, cheese or peanut butter crackers; juice boxes; applesauce and fruit cups in plastic containers; toilet paper; hand sanitizer and wipes; tissues; soups and other meals in a can. The Food bank cannot accept food in glass jars.
Many of us take for granted the ability to keep warm. Those who lost power during Super Storm Sandy and did not have heat experienced some of the hardship that many in our community face each winter. For this reason, Burke will also be accepting winter coats that are CLEAN and in good condition that will be distributed to those in need through NY Cares. A warm coat can make braving the cold a little easier as the temperatures get colder.
The general public can drop off items at the following locations:
"This food and coat collection is a way for Burke employees and community members to work together to help those who are experiencing hardship," said Annette Bucci, Senior Administrator for Human Resources at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and coordinator of the drive. "Many who have experienced their own challenges this year would still like to do something to help others and this is a direct way to have a real impact on the lives of our neighbors," she added. To learn more about how you can help during the drive, please call (914) 597-2848.
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a private, not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital. Founded in 1915, it is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to rehabilitation medicine. Burke offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness, traumatic injury or joint replacement surgery. Burke is both an acute rehabilitation hospital and medical research center. Burke's world renowned doctors and therapists provide state-of-the-art-treatment, while its research scientists explore the frontiers of neurological medicine. All share the Burke mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from illness or injury regardless of their ability to pay.