Throughout the year, our employees volunteer their time to help members of local communities, but the outreach intensifies over the holidays, making the season more joyful for those less fortunate.
Holly Days always brings out the best in everyone and this year was no different. In total, 37 families -– moms and kids -– were ‘adopted.’ According to Phyllis Murray of Administration, who once again took the lead for this outreach activity, “we had more departments wanting to adopt than we had families.” Donations included a mini basektball court, double stroller, game systems, and iPods. “The departments tried to give the kids everything on their wish lists… and more.” In addition, over $3,000 in gift cards went to Covenant House.
The Nursing Network Center ran its traditional toy drive for the People’s Emergency Center
, which provides housing and comprehensive on-site services to homeless families. Brenda Bradford
said they filled her truck and another vehicle with all the collected toys! “We had over $200 in gift cards as well.”
Flannel pajamas feel good on cold winter nights and, thanks to staff on Ravdin 9, more than 30 moms at St. Barnabas Mission, which provides shelter and services for homeless women and their children, will be a little warmer in their beds. “We wanted to focus on giving the mothers a gift, since there are often more resources directed towards children during the holidays,” said Julie Colanero. Janelle Harris took the lead.
Last month Penn Medicine once again partnered with the South of South Neighborhood Association for the 6th annual Turkey Toss. They distributed more than 500 turkeys to families living south of Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse.
Food Glorious Food
The 8th floor of 1500 Market, home of Corporate Finance, Managed Care, and CPUP Financial Operations, held a food drive competition. The goal for each of the floor’s five teams was to collect 500 items. If they reached that goal, the entire floor could wear jeans every day for the week of December 24. And the team that collected the most food got a pizza lunch.
They outdid themselves. “The entire floor collected 1,276 food items and the winning team -–Disbursements and Payroll –- collected 741!” said Kathryn Van Veen. All of the food was donated to Philabundance.
And humans weren’t the only ones to get special holiday treats. Heather Matthews of Emergeny Medicine worked with the Pennsylvania SPCA to fill its wish list for animals in their care. “Animals can get forgotten during the holidays and they provide so much comfort to our patients and to us.” It’s her fifth year raising money for the PSPCA, which this year led to treats and toys for dogs and cats, as well as blankets and towels. “The staff and I had a great time delivering the goodies, and the SPCA was so thankful for us being there.”
For more photos of outreach activities, see below or click here.
Top photo: (L. to r.) Sitha Dy, Lulu Williams, Bernell Lewis, Janelle Harris, and Melissa Kavanaugh with some of the 30+ pajamas donated to women at St. Barnabas Mission.
Middle photo: Members of Disbursements and Payroll collected 741 food items for the floor's food drive, winning a pizza lunch for their efforts!
Bottom photo: One of the many SPCA animals who benefitted from Emergency Medicine's drive for the Pennsylvania SPCA.