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 Health Center Patients Give Back to Their Community  
Rochelle Delaineby Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences
Rochelle J Delain, B.S., D.C.

November 18-19 marked my first opportunity to organize the college’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, and I have to confess I was a little nervous about how it would turn out. With the downturn in the economy I expected that giving might be a little less than last year. During the food drive, patients are invited to bring 12 canned and/or nonperishable food items to be donated to a local food bank; in exchange they receive a free health center visit.

What I observed in those two days far exceeded my expectations. The response was overwhelming. Not only did our patients step up to the plate and give generously, but they also gave joyfully. And the items they brought were appetizing food items that I imagine many of them would have served their own families.

As the table filled up more and more each hour, I could not help but think back to a time not so long ago when, as an impoverished student here at Sherman, I had been the recipient of such generosity more than once. I left that last night feeling very blessed that I was able to help in giving back. Also I felt a sense of pride in the fact that we have some of the most generous, loving, and compassionate patients in the world.