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Arroyo Grande Employees Donate Backpacks for Homeless Children

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On March 14, 2013 Arroyo Grande Community Hospital employees donated more than 40 backpacks to the 5Cities Homeless Coalition for school aged children and teens.

Sadly, there are more than 275 homeless children attending school in the Lucia Mar School District. Through the District's Families in Transition Program the backpacks donated by the employees of Arroyo Grande Community Hospital will be given to these students, along with the school supplies they need to help the children succeed in school.  Even though the school year is nearly complete, there are new children coming into the district on a daily basis, often times with few or no school supplies. 

“The 5Cities Homeless Coalition is working to strengthen the South County community by mobilizing resources, hope and support for the homeless and those facing poverty in our community. One such way we do this is to work with the community to address unmet needs, such as the need for school back packs for homeless students,” says Janna Nichols, Executive Director of 5Cities Coalition.

Additional backpacks will be needed in the coming fall when school begins again. The backpack drive was organized by members of the hospital’s Mission Services team.

Pictured in the accompanying photo are Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Employees and 5Cities Homeless Coalition Board Members.

About Arroyo Grande Community Hospital

Located in Arroyo Grande, California, Arroyo Grande Community Hospital is a comprehensive acute care hospital and is home to the Joint Replacement Center awarded distinctions by Blue Shield and is the exclusive provider of joint replacement care for CalPERS on the Central Coast.  The Emergency Department is one of the county’s busiest and nationally acclaimed for quality and patient satisfaction.  Arroyo provides the only comprehensive hospital-based Acute Rehabilitation Center on the Central Coast. AGCH is a Dignity Health member of the Central Coast, which also includes French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, CA and Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, CA. Dignity Health of the Central Coast is recognized for the highest quality hospitals, physicians from the top medical schools, and services including primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically advanced laboratories and imaging centers, and a comprehensive home health service; all recognized for quality, safety and service. Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to support new programs and services on the Central Coast.  For more information, or

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Monday, March 18, 2013