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SAN FRANCISCO — From Oct. 14 to Oct. 19, McKesson employees in more than 150 locations across the United States will participate in the 15th Community Days program, an annual company event. During Community Days, McKesson employees will gather for large group volunteer projects benefiting the local communities where they live and work.
This year, employees will help create more than 15,000 Comfort Kits, cancer care packages that will be distributed through Giving Comfort, a program of the McKesson Foundation.
"While the search for a cure continues, patients fighting cancer need our help right now," stated Elizabeth Howland, managing director development of Giving Comfort. "Cancer is a brutal disease, both physically and financially, and can take a significant toll on both patients and their families. We hope that the efforts of McKesson's employees nationwide and the distribution of Comfort Kits will help make treatment more bearable for these patients."
Through generous donations by individuals, Comfort Kits are provided to patients in need free-of-charge. One hundred percent of individual donations go directly to purchasing and delivering Comfort Kits through the Giving Comfort Distribution Network Partners, which include the Mayo Clinic, the American Cancer Society and Ronald McDonald Houses.
In addition to providing donated kits, Giving Comfort provides an e-store that allows individuals to purchase a Comfort Kit online for a friend or loved one, regardless of income, and have the gift sent directly to the recipient's home or hospital room with a personal note enclosed. All of the proceeds from these kit sales go directly back into supporting Giving Comfort.