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AMERIGROUP Foundation Honors Warehouse of Hope Founder Craig Parson as a 'Healthy Hero'
Date:8/3/2009

ATLANTA, Aug. 3, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- The AMERIGROUP Foundation today announced it is honoring Craig Parson, the founder of Warehouse of Hope in Douglasville, Ga., by designating him a "Healthy Hero."

In 1995, as the 36-year-old Parson was recovering from a massive heart attack, he decided to change his life and start helping others. What began as hand-delivering a few local families a couple of bags of groceries has blossomed into a massive operation that helps hungry and needy families all across Georgia.

Parson's leadership enables Warehouse of Hope to help more than 1,350 families per week and more than 30,000 people a month.

"Regularly providing aid when people need it most requires dedication, sacrifice and commitment," said John E. Littel, Chairman of the AMERIGROUP Foundation. "Craig Parson and the Warehouse of Hope offer a tremendous example of such selflessness. The AMERIGROUP Foundation is pleased to recognize and actively support such contributions to our communities."

Parson says that with more than 1.2 million Georgians living below the poverty line, there is plenty more work to be done.

"I've been doing this now for 14 years, but this is actually the first year that people are calling me and saying they don't have a can of food, a box of food or anything in their homes," Parson said earlier this year. "Our biggest challenge is acquiring enough supply to meet the tremendous demand for assistance."

Filling 7,000 grocery bags with food each month, in addition to providing 350 families with supplemental clothing and supplies, can take a toll. Parson and his mostly volunteer staff look no further than their daily affirmations for inspiration to continue.

"There are many stories that stand out," Parson said. "A mom relieved that her family will be provided for, a child's eyes that light up because he is able to have the things that his parents can't afford, a heart encouraged because although they felt like they were at the end of their rope . . ."

Warehouse of Hope provides that "little extra rope," which is why The AMERIGROUP Foundation is pleased to recognize and support Parson's continuing efforts.

The AMERIGROUP Foundation periodically honors "Healthy Heroes" who have made a significant difference in the communities served by its corporate underwriter, AMERIGROUP Corporation, which administers publicly funded healthcare programs such as Medicaid and Medicare for state and federal governments. AMERIGROUP Community Care of Georgia offers healthcare services to 220,000 people enrolled in Medicaid in Georgia.

To honor Parson's service, the Foundation will present a $1,000 contribution to Warehouse of Hope.

"We're honored," Parson said. "Thank you very much."

About the AMERIGROUP Foundation

The AMERIGROUP Foundation is the philanthropic arm of AMERIGROUP Corporation, a multi-state managed healthcare company based in Virginia Beach, VA. The Foundation works to create healthy communities by fostering access to healthcare, encouraging safe and healthy children and families, and promoting community improvement and healthy neighborhoods. For more information about the AMERIGROUP Foundation, visit www.amerigroupcorp.com/foundation.

    Contact:
    Peter Lobred
    AMERIGROUP
    (757) 321-3592


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