ST. JOHNSBURY — Hospitals don’t close for the holidays, and missing regular celebrations is just one way hospital employees serve their patients and their communities during the giving season.
Across the state, hospitals are engaged in efforts to make the holidays and the cold Vermont winters easier for our less fortunate neighbors.
The Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Birth Center collected holiday gifts for Helping Other People Everyday (H.O.P.E.), a community resource in Lyndonville, that provides food, clothing, household basics, and emergency packets for families and individuals in dire need of assistance.
Items included outerwear, clothing, and bath items.
The NVRH Day Surgery Unit adopted several families through Hand-to-Hand, a non-profit organization serving families in need in Burke, East Haven, Newark, Sheffield, Sutton and Wheelock.
Members of Hand-to-Hand identify families who may be having a hard time and then ask them if they would like assistance.
The Day Surgery Unit employees gathered gifts for two families.
They also donated food, fuel and bedding.
This year, Hand-to-Hand collected items for a total of 41 families and 107 children.
During the Great Depression, the St. Johnsbury Fire Department founded The Northeast Kingdom Santa Fund to help struggling families and their children. They are still doing it!
This year, NVRH departments and individuals contributed a bunch of toys—so many, in fact, that the firemen who arrived to pick up the gifts were quite surprised by the volume.