SAINT FRANCIS TO CAP FOOD BANK DRIVE - Sept. 11 Event Commemorates Terrorist Attacks

(HARTFORD, Conn.) – The Women’s Auxiliary of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center will mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by donating eleven tons of non-perishable food to the Hospital’s Emergency Food Bank that has been collected over the past nine weeks.

“This drive has been undertaken in conjunction with My Good Deed, a national volunteer organization that is seeking to turn Sept. 11 into a national day of service,” said Joan Holobinko, the Auxiliary’s President. “We’re hoping to build on the spirit of service that followed the terrorist attacks in 2001.”

The drive will be capped by a ceremony in the Rotunda of Saint Francis’ Patient Care Tower at 11 a.m., on Sept. 11, featuring the Talented Teens, an inspirational song and dance group made up of students from Hartford’s Lewis Fox Middle School, who write and choreograph their own numbers promoting positive values for themselves and other teenagers.

Established in 1977, the Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Emergency Food Bank distributes 82 tons of food every year to individuals who otherwise would have to choose between eating or taking their medications. It is the third largest food bank in the Greater Hartford area and the only hospital-based food bank in the country.

Donations of non-perishable food are being accepted until Sept. 11. Receptacles are conveniently located throughout Saint Francis’ main and Mount Sinai Campuses. Cash donations may be mailed to: the Saint Francis Women’s Auxiliary, 114 Woodland St., Hartford, CT 06105.