Monday, February 15, 2010
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- An organization known for its community outreach efforts and taking care of its own recently focused its efforts to help provide relief to victims of Haiti's devastating earthquake.
The STARS (Standing Together Associates Reach Success) program, part of the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation, raised nearly $22,000 dollars toward relief efforts after its associates donated more than 1,300 hours of paid time off.
"We decided the easiest way to reach out to Haiti was to give our vacation time," said Vangie Davis, STARS chair. "It is so catastrophic ... some of our own associates are from Haiti and have families there and that tugs on your heartstrings. Some of our patients, too."
Davis said the program's philanthropic efforts that help fund programs and services for Gwinnett's residents, along with the Associate Benevolence Fund for "employees who fall on hard times," will be put to good use helping earthquake victims through the American Red Cross.
"We were just saying, 'There's got to be something we can do to help," Davis said. "And during this economic process, for them to reach in their pockets and deep into their hearts, there's something to be said for that."