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Published on November 07, 2013

Popcorn Service Pledge Supports Medical Center

There’s a good reason visitors to MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland can smell and purchase popcorn in the Medical Center’s Plane Tree Café. Popcorn Service volunteers of MidMichigan Medical Center—Midland recently pledged more than $8,000 to the Medical Center to purchase equipment and enhance services provided to patients in several departments.

The Diabetes Center, Oncology Services, Rehabilitation Services, and the Specialty Surgery and Observation Unit all received funds from the 2013-2014 Popcorn Service pledge.

The Popcorn Service is comprised of volunteers who pop and sell popcorn daily for 75 cents a bag. Not only do the volunteers pop and sell the popcorn, they also deliver the fresh bags of popcorn throughout the Medical Center in their recognizable red wagon. Popcorn Service is located in the Medical Center’s Plane Tree Café on the campus of the Medical Center.

Popcorn Service volunteers also have participated in special events such as the Dow Run/Walk, and other hospital-sponsored projects.

“As we celebrate our 13th year of service to the Medical Center, we are proud that we have given more than $90,000 in contributions to our hospital,” said Ted Mudd, Popcorn Service chairman. “We not only satisfy our customers’ taste for popcorn, but also help our Medical Center purchase needed equipment to treat our patients.”      

Volunteer opportunities at the Medical Center include selling popcorn, offering free magazines to patients, operating a Gift Shop, directing and escorting patients and visitors, visiting newly admitted patients, and delivering flowers, mail, Internet greeting cards and menus, and more. 

During fiscal year 2012-2013, 461 volunteers gave 40,095 hours of service and donated more than $90,000 to the Medical Center.

Those who would like to learn more about the volunteer program at MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland may contact the Volunteer Services Department at (989) 839-3340.