Crystal Thacker, a server at Rome’s Olive Garden, has made it her mission to help fam-ilies served by Heyman HospiceCare at Floyd.

Thacker often spearheads food drives with the help of her co-workers to provide non-perishable items for the families. She and co-worker Andrew Williams recently stopped by Heyman HospiceCare to drop off several boxes of food.

She also periodically will provide a single family with a full meal and even the goods for a movie night or game night, complete with munchies and drinks.

Thacker said she started doing this because she realizes how hard it can be for families dealing with losing a loved one.

Casey Blankenship, Program Director for Hospice, thanked Thacker for her generosity.

“Many of our families find themselves going through a culture shift,” Blankeship said. “One family member is sick and often the other family members lose time away from work to act as caregivers. Economically, it can be very difficult. This food is really appre-ciated.”

Heyman HospiceCare at Floyd provides compassionate, comfort-oriented care to pa-tients with a life expectancy of less than six months. The service area includes Floyd, Chattooga, Polk, Bartow and Gordon counties.