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December 12, 2001


General Medical Clinics at Grady Gear Up For 10th Annual Christmas Canned Food Drive

The season of giving is here, and several Emory physicians in the General Medical Clinics at Grady Memorial Hospital are preparing to give to patients in a big way. With the help of Clyde Watkins, M.D., assistant professor of medicine with the Emory University School of Medicine, and director for Medical Clinics 1 and 2, the general medical clinics are gearing up for their Tenth Annual Christmas Canned Food Drive.

Twenty Emory and Morehouse School of Medicine physicians are expected to participate in the drive, along with medical clinic staff. This year's goal is to feed 200 needy families in Fulton and DeKalb counties and deliver the food Saturday, Dec. 15.

"People don't know it, but we get so much from our patients, and this is a way to give back," Watkins said. "There's so much need out there, especially at Christmas and during the holidays. This is an additional way to take care of our patients' health and well-being."

The medical clinic staff began contributing money in November to cover costs for items such as flour, sugar, fruits, vegetables, canned ham, and rice to feeds families for up to a week or more. Physicians and the medical clinic staff work with the Grady Social Services Department to identify patients and families in need of food for the holiday season.

"Our patients start talking about this in August," Watkins said. "They remember their doctors and nurses came by and gave them something and they're grateful."

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