CANTON  As part of the observance of Lent, Mercy Medical Center employees collected and delivered new towels, undergarments and socks over the past month for the Salvation Army Canton Citadel Corps’ hot shower program for the area’s homeless.

Patient Service coordinator Mary Bosyj, RN and Mercy marketing representatives Jennifer Stranger and Cullen Hardman learned about the need earlier this year during the Salvation Army’s monthly Buckeye Health Insurance Medicaid Luncheon, which brings together community resources for those in need.

With coordination from Mercy Mission Outreach, employees from Mercy’s nine area health centers, which includes facilities in Jackson Township, Lake Township, North Canton and Plain Township, challenged their medical center co-workers to see which group could collect more donations. In addition, Stranger and Hardman received donations from Canton Courtyard Marriott, Cintas, Embassy Suites, Fairfield Canton South, Home2Suites, Kent Stark University at Stark, North Canton YMCA, Rent Wear and Walsh University.

"It was great to see so many Mercy employees, as well as other area employers, donate toward this cause as part of the Lenten season," said Sr. Carolyn Capuano, vice president of mission and ministry at Mercy, in a news release. "A special thanks goes to Mary, Jennifer, and Cullen for recognizing the need and letting Mercy know about it. The Salvation Army still requires an industrial washer and dryer for laundering the towels, and we are looking for community assistance in meeting this additional need."

For more information, contact Mercy Pastoral Care at 330-489-1143.