Florida Hospital North Pinellas Teams Up with Project Thanks

By on November 20, 2012

Florida Hospital North Pinellas Administration and Directors volunteered their time at The Tarpon Springs Shepherd Center for Project Thanks. The Florida Hospital Team helped put bulk items into bags for the families in need. (photo courtesy of Florida Hospital North Pinellas)





















Tarpon Springs, Fla.  Florida Hospital North Pinellas partnered with The Tarpon Springs Shepherd Center in a tradition over 30 years strong.Project Thanks is a program initiated by the Tarpon Springs Shepherd Center that provides a basket of food at Thanksgiving and Christmas to households-in-need in the community that register with The Center each season. They serve over one-thousand households annually with their holiday meals.


Our very own Naomi Patterson, a 44-year employee of the hospital, is a great ambassador for the Tarpon Springs community and for The Shepherd Center. Her sister Mary Burruss is a founder of The Center. Naomi says she and her sister, “Taught [their] children to be humble and [to] always share and give to others.” The work her and her sister continue to do through Florida Hospital North Pinellas and The Shepherd Center are “very rewarding,” Naomi says, “We always help others first.”


The hospital has been helping with this annual Project for over twenty years. A number of churches, schools and organizations make up The Shepherd Center family. The community consists of people who really care about others who may be down on their luck and who need a helping hand.


This year’s Thanksgiving Project Thanks was made up of over 800 cans of green beans donated from Florida Hospital North Pinellas employees, family and friends. Additionally, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral donated enough rice to feed the 600 families, and Tarpon Springs High School donated just as much corn to complete the Thanksgiving bags.



Florida Hospital North Pinellas Administration and Directors helped fill grocery bags for families in need. Partnering with The Tarpon Springs Shepherd Center and the Tarpon Springs community we helped to feed over 600 families this Thanksgiving. (photo courtesy of Florida Hospital North Pinellas)



















“There were turkeys, stuffing, butter, eggs, canned fruit, corn and green beans, and cranberries; each family went home with a full meal,” Paul Hoover, Vice President of Business Development for Florida Hospital North Pinellas and volunteer at this year’s Project Thanks. “We’re in great company at The Shepherd Center this year; it’s great to see the community come together and to support one another and this time of thanks and giving.”


To learn more about how you can help or donate to The Tarpon Springs Shepherd Center during the upcoming Christmas season, please call (727)939-1400 or visit their website athttp://www.tsshepherdcenter.org

About Florida Hospital North Pinellas:

Florida Hospital North Pinellas, located in Tarpon Springs, is a member of The Florida Hospital network of the Adventist Health System, the largest health care provider in the state. Each year The Florida Hospital network cares for nearly one million residents and visitors each year.  As a 168-bed, full-service hospital, Florida Hospital North Pinellas serves both the Pinellas and Pasco communities of west central Florida.  For more information, please visit our website:  FHNorthPinellas.com

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