AV Hospital gives back to staff, community

Antelope Valley Hospital employees present frozen turkeys to fellow staff members and volunteers. During the giveaway, AVH also collected non-perishable food to donate to a local food bank.

LANCASTER – In keeping with a tradition that has continued for at least 10 years, Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) gifted over 2,200 frozen turkeys to its employees and volunteers, and donated 2,100 pounds of non-perishable food items to local food banks last week.

“We are thankful to have this opportunity to show our appreciation to our hard-working staff and selfless volunteers who dedicate their time to caring for others,” said Edward Mirzabegian, AVH Chief Executive Officer. “Our hope is that they can have a special day and celebrate the season of Thanksgiving with their loved ones.”

In addition to purchasing nearly $40,000 worth of turkeys for its staff members, AVH donated several cases of frozen turkeys to food banks around the Antelope Valley.

Five cases of turkeys were donated to The Lighthouse Fellowship in Palmdale; five cases were donated to Total Deliverance Church in Lancaster, and nine cases were donated to Grace Resource Center, along with 2,100 pounds of non-perishable food items that were collected by staff members during the turkey giveaway.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this support to our community and hope it provides some comfort to those in need,” said Mirzabegian. “This is the time of year when friends and family come together to celebrate each other, and it’s heartwarming to know that we can play a small role in making that happen.”