Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Integrity Ambulance Service Gives Back

Correction: Previously this article stated "The FISH Choice Pantry is part of EUM Church Outreach Ministries," which is incorrect. The FISH pantry is an independent non-profit charity supported by donations from individuals and congregations of all denominations and served by caring volunteers of all faiths from across the community.

Ian Welbaum, Integrity Ambulance and Doug Bickley, FISH Volunteer
Integrity Ambulance Service employees have stepped up to ensure the residents of Darke County doesn’t go hungry.

In December, 2012 the employees of Integrity Ambulance Service launched their first Station Holiday Challenge. During this challenge, the employees donated canned foods and non-perishable items to their employing stations, spreading from Toledo to Dayton. Items were collected between December 10 and December 24. Over 700 pounds of food was collected and donated to the local FISH Choice Pantry located in Darke County.

“Due to some of the toughest financial times our country has seen in decades, many local food banks have shortages more now than ever,” says Brad Felder, President and CEO of Integrity Ambulance Service. "We are proud to help support our community in which we serve during these times when it’s needed most." Doug Bickley, Volunteer and Advisory Board member states “We help feed 1600 people on average a month, which is about 400 families.” The FISH Choice Pantry is located at 400 Markwith. “Donations are accepted anytime; someone checks the donation box every day,” says Bickley.

Integrity Ambulance Service will continue donating food to FISH and other food pantries in areas where they serve throughout the year.

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