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Mount Nittany Health cares for the community beyond its walls

PHOTO PROVIDED Gifts collected at Mount Nittany Physician Group for Centre County Toys for Tots program are pictured.

STATE COLLEGE — During this holiday season, it means more than ever to know that we can count on one another for kindness and support during difficult times.

At Mount Nittany Health, their roots are in Centre County and so is their future. It has a proud history of caring for neighbors both inside and outside of the Medical Center and Physician Group walls.

Last year — before COVID-19 hit the community — the healthcare center was happy to work closely with the Centre County Toys for Tots program, and serve as a proud sponsor of the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. In 2019, the health system collected more than 225 toys for Toys for Tots and fulfilled the Christmas wishes of more than 30 children and families in Centre County, in addition to nearly 250 pounds of food.

This year, with new challenges creating an even greater need among area families, employees of the health system came through again, and in a big way.

Mount Nittany Health employees and physicians donated more than 70 items for Toys for Tots, and fulfilled a total of 250 Angel Tree tags. Coupled with online Angel Tree purchases, they were able to fill the needs of 135 Centre County families.

PHOTO PROVIDED Kathleen Rhine, president and CEO, Mount Nittany Health, with Angel Tree gifts collected at Mount Nittany Medical Center for local children and families this holiday season.

Members of several health system departments also worked to provide gifts for a number of other local organizations collecting gifts and supplies for our neighbors in need.

The kindness and generosity of Mount Nittany Health employees was reflected in the charitable efforts that took place across the health system all month long-many of which are not listed here. Those efforts will undoubtedly touch the hearts and lives of many children and families in the Centre County community this holiday season.

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