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Hospital Donates Food to Deltona’s Community Life Center

ORANGE CITY, Fla., June 23, 2014 – On June 5, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial donated more than 880 pounds of food, 1,000 bottles of water and Walmart gift cards to the Community Life Center in Deltona. 
 
“When those baskets of food were delivered, [in my mind] I didn’t see the food, I saw the people we would help” said Martha Wormington Gooding, Community Life Center pantry manager. “Some of the people we help are in such desperate need. We have someone who has been without water or electricity for 5 years, and we, along with other organizations have been able to help her. In our community, there are many grandparents taking care of grandchildren, which means there are sometimes 10 or more people in a home. For these people, that basket of food is their salvation.”
 
The Community Life Center is a charitable nonprofit organization that gives food and other resources to families experiencing financial hardships. 
 
“The need is phenomenal. I’ve actually cried because there is such a need,” said DyeAnna Flowers, Community Life Center volunteer who helped coordinate the hospital’s food donation. “The hospital’s donation of nearly 900 pounds of food is a blessing beyond imagination.”
 
The Community Life Center is located in Deltona at 1045 E. Normandy Blvd. It is open Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., as well as the second and third Friday of the month. To learn more, call (407) 324-1614. 
 
About Florida Hospital Fish Memorial
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 45 hospital campuses and nearly 8,300 licensed beds in 10 states. With 175-beds, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial provides exceptional, patient-focused care to the DeBary, Deltona, Orange City and Sanford communities. Florida Hospital Fish Memorial is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. For more information, visit www.FHFishMemorial.org. 
 
Photo Caption:
On June 5, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial donated more than 880 pounds of food, 1,000 bottles of water and Walmart gift cards to the Community Life Center in Deltona. From left to right: Louise Clarke, Dea-Jaye Nagle, Jude Clayton, Ethan Sheron, Deb Devlin, Marilyn Novak, Martha Gooding, Florida Hospital Fish Memorial Chaplain Art Bakewell, Meredith Williams, and DyeAnna Flowers.