Each year, Keck Medicine of USC partners with nonprofit organization Canning Hunger for the Box of Love drive to donate boxes filled with food items to needy families in the east Los Angeles community. This year, Keck Medicine donated a total of 528 boxes and collected more than $5,100 in monetary donations, which is equivalent to an additional 613 boxes. Each box is filled with all of the trimmings for a complete Thanksgiving meal for a family of six to eight people.

The Department of Radiology at Keck Hospital of USC filled more than 100 boxes, as they have done for the past four years. “Everyone in our department pitches in — our physicians, technicians, staff and students — because we want to help people and give back,” explained Mary Falkner, manager of Imaging Services. Falkner said some people in the department made monetary donations while others volunteered to assemble the boxes and shop for the food items needed.

— L. Alexis Young