The December holiday season is a time of the year that is marked by great joy and reflection for most people. Yet for many struggling families, it can also be a great source of anxiety.
Pictured at the gift collection during Winthrop’s 2011 Adopt a Family Campaign were (l.-r.) Carol Giordano, Employee Activities Coordinator, who was instrumental in facilitating the Campaign; Laura Pierce, Senior Training Specialist at Winthrop; Lynn Drucker, Director of Development at Winthrop; and Matti Hasselmann, MPA, CPC, Administrative Director of the Department of TCV, who spearheaded the program.
Determined to make it a memorable and stress-free time for several local families, staff from nearly 30 departments throughout Winthrop participated in the 2011 Adopt a Family Campaign – an initiative spearheaded by Matti Hasselmann, MPA, CPC, Administrative Director of the Department of TCV at Winthrop, with the support of Carol Giordano, Winthrop’s Employee Activities Coordinator. The Campaign – which involved each Department adopting one special family from Winthrop’s Division of Hematology/Oncology, the Hempstead Pediatrics Clinic, or Abilities, Inc. – was a terrific success, as staff members donated an array of toys, clothing, gift cards and other goodies specific to each family’s needs so that everyone could experience all of the joys of the holiday season.
In addition to an outpouring of gratitude from the recipients of the Campaign, equally grateful were those at Winthrop who had the privilege to witness first-hand the amazement of families who didn’t think they could provide a holiday celebration for their children.
“One family commented that they never had a holiday with so many gifts,” explained one employee whose patient was among those touched by the initiative. “The family was able to purchase special food for their Christmas meal and most importantly, our patient, who had lost considerable weight following a rigorous treatment regimen, gained six pounds thanks to all the delicious food that she was able to enjoy!”
Vol. 22, No. 1
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