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Florida Hospital DeLand employees volunteered their time and served dinner to nearly 100 local people in need on Nov. 12 at the Interfaith Kitchen at First United Methodist Church, at 115 E. Howry Ave., DeLand.
The Interfaith Kitchen feeds the homeless and struggling individuals and families in the area, and on this particular day, provided ziti, green beans, salad, fruit and homemade desserts.
"A smile and a hot delicious dinner can make a huge difference in the lives of those who are lost or feeling defeated by the financial or emotional struggles of life," said Joyce Parrillo, the hospital's Diabetes and Wellness Program Coordinator. "Volunteering your time is a great way to develop a positive outlook while helping your neighbors. We were blessed to provide this service for our community."
Amy Bennett, the hospital's Director of Patient Access and Patient Financial Services, has been volunteering at the Interfaith Kitchen since joining the hospital in 2012.
"This truly is exemplifying our mission, as it is our desire to do what we can, while we can to feed the spiritual and physical hunger of those in need and I am blessed to be a part of it," Ms. Bennett said.