Choptank Community Health System and Preston Automotive Group have teamed up to provide warmth this winter to more than 600 Caroline County students as part of the Caroline’s Helping Hand’s backpack program.
Caroline County Public Schools Helping Hands program provides children in need with food for the weekend. These children are provided with backpacks filled with food each Friday, putting food directly into children’s hands, ensuring they are able to eat over the weekend regardless of their circumstances at home.
Choptank Health began collecting new children’s gloves from staff in November at its four Caroline County locations and school-based health programs. When the numbers amassed to 609 pairs of gloves, Choptank Health CEO Sara Rich reached out to Preston Automotive GroupPresident Dave Wilson, Jr. to see if the company could also donate hats.
“Preston also answered the community’s call, and now our students will have new hats and gloves to meet this winter’s cold weather,” said Rich. “Community is a big part of Choptank Health’s mission, and we continue to be grateful for opportunities to partner with organizations like Preston Automotive Group and Caroline County’s Backpack program.
“It’s nice to give back to children in need, especially this holiday season,” said Wilson. “Giving back to the public school system and partnering with Choptank Health makes the efforts even more meaningful.”
“Our Backpacks program is only made possible through support of sponsors and businesses like Choptank and Preston,” said Roxanne Wolf, program director. “Together we are making a real difference in making sure no child goes hungry in Caroline County.”
Photo: From left: Caroline County Public Schools Supervisor of Food Services Beth Brewster; Caroline’s Helping Hands Program Director Roxanne Wolf; Preston Automotive Group Marketing Manager Amanda Bauer; Preston Automotive Group President David Wilson, Jr.; Preston Automotive Group Marketing & Community Coordinator Marina Wilson; Choptank Health CEO Sara Rich; and Choptank Health COO Jon Forterecentlybrought more than 600 new pairs of gloves and hats for Caroline County studentsto Caroline County’s Backpack packing center at 11348 Greensboro Rd. in Denton. The initiative was completed in support of the Caroline County Public Schools Helping Hands program, which provides children in need with food for the weekends through its Backpack Program.
Caroline’s Helping Hands Program receives support from The Caroline Foundation and The Food for Learning Fund, a component fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation (MSCF), a public 501(c)(3) charity, and is organized by volunteers who are passionate about raising funds to end childhood hunger in Caroline County. The program supports long-term results, including a more productive workforce, better health outcomes, and breaking the cycle of poverty, with more at carolinefoodforlearning.org.
Choptank Community Health System provides medical, dental, pediatric, and behavioral health services, with a mission to provide access to exceptional, comprehensive, and integrated health care for all. Choptank Health’s vision is to improve the health and well-being of people in the communities served by providing outstanding care experiences while being an exceptional place to work and make a difference, with more at choptankhealth.org.
Preston Automotive Group represents 11 brands in Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia where they proudly serve the Delmarva Peninsula and Baltimore area. Preston is dedicated to being an important part of their local community in every store location, with community as one of the Preston Automotive Group’s core values. Preston’s mission is to provide a superior workplace for their associates so that as a team Preston can provide their guests with a superior customer experience. For more information, go to prestonmotor.com.