Flu shot recipients donate gift cards to food pantry

Residents of Hunters Run Country Club in Boynton Beach not only received gift cards from Publix Super Markets for getting flu shots, but they also donated them to Alpert Jewish Family Service of Palm Beach County’s Kosher Food Pantry.

“When Hunters Run Fitness Committee decided to set up a program whereby people could get their flu shot on our premises, we thought it was a great idea,” said Sharon Sackin, one of the organizers of the donation idea. “Publix rewards the flu shot recipient with a $10 gift card. Out of the clear blue, 24 hours before the event, it was suggested that we try to have people donate their gift card to the Alpert Jewish Family Service food bank.”

Sackin continued, “With practically no prior notice, our residents generously donated over $800 to help feed people in need.”

“Hunters Run believes in giving back and we have done so on many occasions,” she said. “With the holidays coming up, we will once again come up with a unique idea to help bring a smile to people that are suffering in these trying times.”

Marc Hopin, Alpert JFS’ chief executive officer, said, “The generosity of the residents of the Hunters Run community is such a blessing to our agency.”

“I was touched when I received the call about this donation,” Hopin continued. “They turned a shot in their arm for a flu vaccine into a shot in the arm of assistance for our most vulnerable and appreciative clients.”

Visit alpertjfs.org or huntersrun.net for more information on the organizations.


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