Recipients of annual awards to be presented at PATH Week — People Attempting to Help’s annual weeklong fundraising event that begins Sunday — were announced Thursday
“These two clinics both serve the working poor and partner with PATH to provide prescription assistance,” Baskin said.
At the Philanthropy Dinner on Thursday, the Windsor Award will be given to Woody Weaver Pharmacy, which provides assistance to low-income clients and bills PATH at a discounted rate. The Stone Soup Award will be presented to Peggy Abernathy, executive director of the King’s Storehouse.
“The King’s Storehouse is not a very well-known faith-based food pantry, but they provide food for PATH,” Baskin said. “The last two months at PATH’s food pantry broke all previous records. … Times continue to be tight for people living paycheck to paycheck.”
One of those people was Jessica Halifax, 26, who needed help filling her insulin prescription while looking for work. She decided to volunteer with PATH while she was unemployed, and learned about their prescription-assistance program from a fellow volunteer. Three weeks ago she was hired by PATH as their prescription-assistance clerk.
Ms. Halifax enjoys being able to have a job where she helps others in the same way she needed help before.
“I can relate to the feeling that comes with, ‘How am I going to pay for my medicine,’” she said. “In my case and other cases, it’s not something you can do without. I like that I’m giving back.”
The theme for this year’s PATH Week is “Many Paths, One Purpose.”
“Even PATH’s best friends, our best donors, don’t know everything that we do,” Baskin said. “This year’s theme is an effort to reintroduce the community and our friends to everything we do. That often includes partnerships with other organizations.”
To help celebrate PATH Week, Zaza’s restaurant is donating 15 percent of the proceeds from its pizza sales to the organization Tuesday through Friday.
Call 903-597-4044 for more information.