Hospital Redirects Funds to Wayne County Toy Drive In Lieu of Christmas Gifts to Physicians

December 20, 2019

Jesup – In lieu of buying Christmas gifts for their physicians, Wayne Memorial Hospital donated $1,000 to the Wayne County Toy Drive. Employees joined the effort by donating 268 new, unwrapped toys. A physician donated an additional $150. Gathering for the check presentation were, from left to right:  Jesup Mayor and Hospital Authority Member David Earl Keith, City Employee and Toy Drive Coordinator Tracy Smith, Hospital Employee Lori Crews, Jesup City Manager Mike Deal, Hospital Employee Josh Harris and Hospital CEO Joe Ierardi.


Since 2009, the hospital has been donating money and/or toys to the cause spearheaded by the city. All money and gifts stay local for the benefit of local children, ages 0-18. For some children, the gifts from the toy drive may be the only ones received for Christmas. Smith said, “We are so thankful for the toys and monetary donations. We would not be able to serve as many children as we do were it not for the hospital’s yearly donation.” She added that toy and financial donations are welcome year-round, particularly toys at the $10 price point and above. She also shared that they would welcome more business partners to the project.