"Christmas Giving" Drvie at ACH
During the holidays more than at most other times of the year, it is crucial to provide for those in need. That's why, during the 2007 holiday season, Alliance Community Hospital proudly conducted our annual â€œChristmas Givingâ€ drive for underprivileged families in the area.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
The drive was begun by ACH employees Brenda Haught BSN, CCRN, Kim Muniz RN and Jill Dorsey BSN, PCCN and former employee Donna Schott, in 1998. This year, as has become tradition, ACH adopted many area families who were in need of assistance. The total number of families helped through the 2007 drive was six, though typically, between eight and 10 families benefit.
â€œThe families were chosen based on suggestions from ACH employees and Leyda Smith McDaniel, our social worker,â€ Haught said. She explained that the families' names are kept anonymous and that only children's first names, ages, clothing sizes and preferred toys are provided, so that any ACH employees wishing to participate were able to purchase gifts for donation.
â€œThis year we requested monetary donations and gift cards to make it easier for everyone involved,â€ said Haught, noting that ACH employees also take care of delivering donated items to the disadvantaged families.
Haught's husband Steve and ACH employee Bob Mick also donated their time and talents by playing Santa during the nearly dozen delivery trips to the area families who benefited from the drive. In total, just under $3,000.00 worth of donations were collected and distributed.
â€œThis is long-standing program of which we're so proud. It's just something we feel is important to provide,â€ said Marcia Todd, Volunteer Services coordinator at ACH.
â€œIn addition, the ACH Care Council donated some of the funds collected for in-house giving programs to the â€˜Christmas Giving' project,â€ she said.
CEO Stan Jonas said he and the ACH Board of Trustees are fully supportive of such giving programs at the hospital. â€œThis is just one small example of how we prioritize here at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Alliance. It's really reflective of our Planetree philosophy of treating patients, visitors and the greater community with compassion, in order to help and to heal the mind, body and spirit.â€
â€œACH employees are to be commended for the way in which they supported this campaign. It's all thanks to them that we were able to help so many families who needed it most this past holiday season,â€ said Haught.
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