Hundreds of boxes, cans, and bags of food collected by the nursing staff
of Iredell Health System will help to feed local youth. The nurses collected
the food to donate to Power Cross, a faith-based organization in Statesville
which provides academic support, athletics, and more for boys and young
men in the community.
The nursing staff was inspired to give to Power Cross after a community
service event earlier this year.
"Our nursing directors spent an evening feeding meals to the young
men and their families and learning about the work Power Cross is doing,"
said Dr. Heather Leeper, Assistant Vice President of Nursing for Iredell
Health System. "We were so impressed with Power Cross that we wanted
to find a way to help on a bigger scale."
Power Cross uses the draw of athletics to connect with youth, while providing
homework assistance, mentorship and meals to the young men and their families.
Every activity includes a spiritual component, like prayer or bible study.
Power Cross provides an average of 500 meals a week to participants during
the school year and serves even more meals during the summer break.
“All of our boys are athletes with growing appetites and are still
developing so it is imperative that we are able to provide nutritious
snacks and meals to them daily,” said Brandice Ramsey, assistant
to the directors at Power Cross. “The donation from the Iredell
food drive has helped us immensely with making sure that we have enough
food for the boys to eat and be satisfied. The cost of food is one of
the biggest expenses for Power Cross and we are very grateful to the nurses
of Iredell Health System for coming together to provide us with such a
Leeper said the food collected during the drive filled three, 45-gallon
“I’m proud of our staff for their wonderful response to this
project,” said Leeper. “Our mission at Iredell Health System
is to ‘inspire wellbeing — together,’ and that mission
applies to anyone we can help, from our patients to the community as a
To learn more about Power Cross, visit
PowerCross.org or call 704-380-3001 for information on donations.