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When students in Panola College Health Science programs were challenged to see which program could donate the most food to The Samaritan House, a local non-profit that helps feed those who are hungry,  it was no surprise they responded in a way as big as their hearts, according to Kelly Reed-Hirsch, Dean of Health Sciences.

Before the Christmas break Panola College students gave over 1,500 food items and $50 in cash to The Samaritan House.  Seven health science programs participated. Team Occupational Therapy Assisting (OTA), led by Cheri Lambert, OTA program chair, won the challenge (and a pizza luncheon) with their donation of 948 items.  Team Medical Assisting (MA), led by Lynn Hanson, MA program chair, donated 254 items. The other five health science programs donated 338 items.

Reed-Hirsch expressed her gratitude to the students, saying, “I am proud of what you do for the community. You are an asset to Panola College. Thank you for giving in such a big way!”

The food donations filled an entire pallet and required a forklift to load. When the Panola College van arrived at the The Samaritan House to deliver the items, Mr. Rodriguez, a volunteer at The Samaritan House, expressed his thanks saying “It’s a blessing to receive all this and it will help many, many people.”

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