Staffers at Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day shared the season’s spirit of giving, donating enough warm winter clothing for 130 Grant County school children.
Blue Mountain Home Health and Hospice and community members were also in on the project, donating coats, gloves, scarves and warm hats.
Dorothy Piazza, the hospital’s executive assistant to the CEO, said human resources director Kerri Fulton came up with the idea.
The winter clothing drive began Nov. 27, and Fulton delivered the bundles of warmth Thursday, Dec. 14, to the area schools.
Piazza said the response from school officials was positive.
“They were very appreciative,” she said, adding one of several emails they received was from Long Creek Superintendent/Principal Del Dykstra who thanked them for organizing a worthwhile cause.
Additional clothing was reserved for the children who recently survived a Prairie City house fire.
Piazza said the goal was to distribute the clothing before Christmas.