Our Employees’ Generosity: Giving Back This Holiday Season

Happy Holidays 2Each holiday season, our Medical Center employees contribute generously to community agencies and local families in need. Our employees’ selfless acts of giving align with our systemwide True North principles (Our Patients, Our People, Our Future and Our Discoveries). This is why it is so important that News & Views brings you the information about our journey to becoming the best place to give care and the best place to get care. Today’s and Thursday’s News & Views issues show how much our departments and teams care about our patients, our greater community and each other. Learn about this year’s acts of holiday benevolence:

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Food collected for a local parish by the Dermatology Clinic.

This holiday season, when staff from the Dermatology Clinic on the Hahnemann Campus heard that its neighborhood parish’s food pantry was bare, the team rose to action to organize a food collection just in time for Thanksgiving. The team helped restock the pantry that feeds 40 families twice each month.

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This year, a Grafton Internal Medicine employee, along with her colleagues, had a chance to give back to Why Me and Sherry House. The employee, whose son struggled with cancer for several years, said, “The organization was able to provide food and presents for my family through an adoption program. For the rest of my days since, I have been looking for ways to repay the favor that was handed to me.”

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Veterans Inc. staff members with shopping carts filled with turkeys collected by Millbury Internal Medicine.

Members of the Millbury Internal Medicine team once again demonstrated their spirit of giving and community outreach by donating turkeys totaling 409.31 pounds to Veterans Inc. The turkeys were used for the agency’s annual Holiday Harvest Dinner.

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Team members of South County Pediatrics in Webster donated $150 to purchase books through the Reach Out and Read Program to give to young patients throughout the year. The team also donated $350 toward grocery store gift cards to support families in need. The practice also received 250 new books, donated by Barnes and Noble’s holiday book drive, to give to patients.


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Pictured are Cheryl Trimby, RN, geriatrics, and Julia Martiros of Elder Services of Worcester with the hat and scarf donations.

Our Geriatrics Department organized a hat and scarf drive for Elder Services of Worcester.

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Medical Staff Services giving tree

This year, the Department of Medical Staff Services brought warm weather items, including hats, mittens and coats to local children in need. The department’s Christmas tree is decorated with cards with the names and details of the children, and new cards are added as old ones are removed.

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Oncology Pharmacy, fifth floor nurses, sixth floor infusion suite staff and interventional radiology staff, all located on the University Campus, purchased items off the wish list for Dismas House in Worcester. This included 10 $25 Dunkin Donut gift cards, clothing, sheets and personal items. In addition, Oncology Pharmacy sponsored a family through the Worcester Boys and Girls Club. The team purchased gifts cards, toys and clothing for a five-member family.

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The Ob/Gyn team in Milford adopted a family through the Department of Children and Families.

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The Anticoagulation Clinic collected gifts for the Department of Children and Families holiday party.

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Managed Care Operations Department sponsored a family.

The Managed Care Operations Department sponsored a family through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/MetroWest, gifting the family with coats, boots and many other special items.

 

 

Remember: Submit Your Team’s Holiday Fundraiser Stories This Week

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to share news of your department or team helping others this holiday season. Share your story with News & Views if your team is involved in a collection, fundraiser or other initiative to help support community agencies and families in need this season. As in past years, News & Views will recognize this holiday generosity in our special editions to be published next Tuesday and Thursday, December 19 and 21. Email News & Views your short news item (photos are encouraged) that describes your team’s efforts by the end of this week. Please note that items received after this week may not be included. See what ran last year: Part 1 and Part 2.

Don’t Forget! Share How Your Team Helps Others during Holidays!

Is your team or department participating in a collection, fundraiser or other initiative to help support community agencies and families in need this holiday season? As in past years, News & Views will recognize this holiday generosity in our special editions dedicated to promoting such efforts in our December 19 and 21 issues. Email News & Views your short news item (photos are welcome!) describing your team’s efforts by Friday, December 15. See last year’s holiday issues: Part 1 and Part 2.

People Helping People: Our Employees’ Holiday Generosity

happy holidaysEach holiday season, our Medical Center employees contribute generously to community agencies and local families in need. Our employees’ selfless acts of giving align with our systemwide True North principles (Our Patients, Our People, Our Future and Our Discoveries). This is why it is so important that News & Views brings you the information about our journey to becoming the best place to give care and the best place to get care. Today’s and the December 21 issues show how much our departments and teams care about our patients, our greater community and each other. Learn about this year’s acts of holiday benevolence:

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The Office of Clinical Integration coordinated a raffle among colleagues that raised $300 for BAMSI (Brockton Area Multi-Services Inc.). The donation was given to the Worcester BAMSI office, 350 Plantation Street, which provides daytime services to adults who have a combination of physical and mental disabilities and/or illnesses. In addition, members of the clinical integration team coordinated a Toys for Tots donation box, a giving tree for the DCF Holiday Party, and Project Toasty to collect warm winter clothing, which was donated to St. John’s Church.

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The Oncology Pharmacy with Investigational Pharmacy, fifth and sixth floor infusion suites staff at the Ambulatory Care Center and staff at University Campus second floor radiology, along with miscellaneous participants, provided $500 dollars worth of gift cards to the Worcester Boys and Girls Club annual Christmas party.

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Members of the Marketing and Communications Department

The Marketing and Communications Department, in conjunction with Abby’s House, helped a family in need by buying holiday gifts for four children. The team purchased a variety of wish list gifts and necessities for the children, ages 4 to 10 years old, including clothing, shoes, toys and art supplies.

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Tri-River Family Health Center has supported the Telegram & Gazette Santa for over 30 years from the center’s candy draw collection. With all the extra money collected, the center will be sending a $642 check this year to help support children in the area. The center has also supported the local Department of Children and Family services for the past 26 years by buying Christmas gifts and food gift cards. This year, the center collected for eight families with a total of 15 children.

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Cindy Ramsey, office coordinator, geriatric medicine, is pictured with Julia Martiros of Elder Services.

The Geriatric Division organized a sock collection for Elder Services of Worcester. Pictured is Cindy Ramsey, office coordinator, geriatric medicine, with Julia Martiros of Elder Services.

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Hahnemann DSU, SACU and PACU donated to the Worcester County Food Bank. The group donated food for Thanksgiving and also presented the food bank with both financial and food donations on December 19.

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Staff from Occupational Injury Care and Employee Health donated gift cards, arts and crafts supplies, and personal items to Community Healthlink’s Highland Grace House, a residential program serving young women seeking long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.

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Montachussett Internal Medicine and Nephrology

Montachussett Internal Medicine and Nephrology in Leominster coordinated a food collection for patients. Patients entered a drawing to receive one of three food themed gift baskets and two anonymously donated grocery boxes.

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The University Campus Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy departments gifted turkeys and gift cards to Friendly House that provided 10 families with Thanksgiving dinner this year.

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306 Belmont Street team

The 306 Belmont Street team donated $500 toward the DCF Holiday Party.

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The Infection Control Department made a donation to the Worcester Food Bank.

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Harvard Primary Care donated to Worcester County Toys for Tots Program.

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The Medical Group Professional Fee Reporting Department adopted a teen through the Children’s Smile Coalition, purchasing gifts on the Christmas Wish List.

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Pictured from left are John McGlone, Charlene Annohene and Mike Puim

Houskeeping team members, from left: John McGlone, Charlene Annohene and Mike Puim

Every year members of the Housekeeping Department for University and Memorial campuses adopt two families through Friendly House Shelter. This year, the Ambulatory Care Center housekeeping team also joined in and adopted a family, too.

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Emergency Medicine Administration offices collected donations totaling more than $3,700 from faculty, fellows, advanced practice providers and administrative staff to benefit the Worcester County Food Bank.

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Women’s and Newborn Services Community Engagement Committee members

The Women’s and Newborn Services Community Engagement Committee participated in the annual Community Mitten Party at the Belmont School, Worcester. The committee collected and distributed 550 pairs of mittens along with homemade cupcakes and grapes. Following the December 7 party, the committee received handmade thank you notes from kindergarten and first-grade students. Pictured, from left, are Sharon Cormier, RNC, Ellen Delpapa, MD, chairwoman, Tina Profitt, Patti Yranski, NP, Cathy Violette, NP, Michelle Cote, community volunteer, and Kelley McNamara, Belmont Street School. Missing from photo are Michael Kalinowski, volunteer baker, and Marianne Williams, mitten collection organizer.

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Millbury Internal Medicine team

Millbury Internal Medicine employees adopted a family for the holidays. Gifts for the children and caregiver were purchased and wrapped, and will be delivered on Christmas Eve.

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For the third year in a row, the Finance Services Division donated, purchased and wrapped presents to help those in need. This year, seven children from the Belmont Street Community School will receive toys and new clothes. A lit tree was also donated to a family who has never had one.

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The Department of Psychiatry’s Ambulatory Psychiatry Service donated $670 and 24 winter outfits of jackets, gloves and coats (and a small  beanie baby in a pocket) for Worcester schoolchildren through the Worcester Educational Development Foundation’s Coats for Kids program.

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Last but not least, one of our caregivers received a very special recognition this holiday season …

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Lourdes Plaza

Lourdes Plaza, housekeeper, 7th floor, Univeristy Campus, received high praise from a patient who wrote this message to her in a Christmas card: “You were  my guardian angel while I was in the hospital. Every time I have a challenge, I am always reminded of you telling me God will take care of it. Blessings to you and your family!”

Don’t Forget! Share How Your Team Helps Others during Holidays!

holiday wish listIs your team or department participating in a collection, fundraiser or other initiative to help support community agencies and families in need this holiday season? As in past years, News & Views will recognize this holiday generosity in our special editions dedicated to promoting such efforts in our December 21 and 23 issues. Email News & Views your short news item (photos are welcome!) describing your team’s efforts by Wednesday, December 14. Please note that items received after this date may not be included.

Spread the Cheer; Tell Us About Your Holiday Fundraisers

happy_holidaysIf your department or team is doing something good, let us know so we can spread the word of your generosity. It could be collecting food, clothing or money; assembling packages for the troops; adopting a child/family or some other kindness that helps others. As in past years, News & Views will recognize this holiday generosity in our special editions dedicated to promoting such efforts. Email News & Views by Wednesday, December 14, and share photos and brief details of your holiday giving.

People Helping People: Learn about Employees’ Holiday Generosity

happy holidaysEach holiday season, our Medical Center employees contribute generously to community agencies and local families in need. Our employees’ selfless acts of giving align with our systemwide “True North” principles (Our Patients, Our People, Our Future and Our Discoveries). This is why it is so important that News & Views brings you the information about our journey to becoming the best place to give care, and the best place to get care. Today’s and last Monday’s News & Views issues note how our departments and teams truly do care about our patients, greater community and each other. Learn about this year’s acts of holiday benevolence:

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Department of Respiratory Care Helps Family after Tragedy

Family and team meet (from left): Ryan Shipe, MD; Ms. Ruffin’s sister, Jaime; mother, Carolyn; grandchild, Khilani; Rachel Carragher; Luanne Hills; Mike O’Brian; Jeff Gillis; Diane Putek; MaryLou Bousquet; Jessica Wood; Dolly Levasseur

Family and team meet (from left): Ryan Shipe, MD; Ms. Ruffin’s sister, Jaime; mother, Carolyn; grandchild, Khilani; Rachel Carragher; Luanne Hills; Mike O’Brian; Jeff Gillis; Diane Putek; MaryLou Bousquet; Jessica Wood; Dolly Levasseur

“Thank you, team, for your thoughtfulness and generosity,” said Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon, meeting Khilani.

“Thank you, team, for your thoughtfulness and generosity,” said Medical Center President Patrick Muldoon, meeting Khilani.

Residents of Central Massachusetts were shaken recently when they learned of a tragedy that struck a local family. On October 26, Christina Ruffin and her infant son, Noah, were killed in a horrific car accident on Route 20 in Charlton. Ms. Ruffin’s two sons were treated after the accident at the Medical Center by a team that included members of the Department of Respiratory Care. Affected deeply by the experience and the accident’s impact on the family, the respiratory care team bought gifts and contributed more than $1,000 and $600 in gift cards to support the family this holiday; the children’s grandmother and Ms. Ruffin’s sister traveled to meet the team and receive their gifts. “I am overwhelmed by the generosity of my staff,” said Rachel Carragher, BBA, RRT, clinical supervisor, respiratory care, who received this message from the grateful family: “You all are the true definition of heroes. My family and I can’t thank you enough for everything and your dedicated work.”

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The Department of Radiology Group Practice conducted a donation drive for the Worcester County Food Bank.

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The Geriatric Division donated hats and gloves to Elder Services of Worcester that will be provided to seniors who receive Meals on Wheels.

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The Anticoagulation Clinic collected items for our troops and helped support the Gastrointestinal Clinic efforts.

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Pictured from left: Danielle Garvey, coding auditor; Jennifer Havalotti, project coordinator; Rashedah Tatum, program director, BAMSI; Laila Begum, data analyst; and Jane Haddad, practice improvement facilitator

Pictured from left: Danielle Garvey, coding auditor; Jennifer Havalotti, project coordinator; Rashedah Tatum, program director, BAMSI; Laila Begum, data analyst; and Jane Haddad, practice improvement facilitator

This year, when presenting BAMSI its gift, the agency shared a collage of photos of the carnival event (pictured right).

When presenting BAMSI its gift, the agency shared a collage of photos of the carnival event.

The Office of Clinical Integration, located at 306 Belmont Street, carried on a tradition that was implemented last year, and held an internal raffle and raised $330 for BAMSI (Brockton Area Multi-Services Inc.). BAMSI, located in the office space next door at 350 Plantation Street, provides services to both adults and children who have a combination of physical and mental disabilities and/or illnesses. This particular location provides day service needs for adults. Last year, the team raised more than $300, and with this money the agency hosted a carnival-themed event for family and friends.

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The Department of Transplant on the University Campus participated in a collection for Friendly House Shelter in Worcester.

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The Managed Care Operations Department adopted a family through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest and purchased items on the family’s wish list.

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West Boylston Family Medicine organized a collection for Toys for Tots.

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Abby’s House collection for Thanksgiving

Employees from Central Scheduling, 855-UMASS-MD and the Information Systems team on 67 Millbrook Street organized a Thanksgiving collection for Abby’s House. The team collected about $800 and donations included a new microwave, gift cards and several bins of paper goods.

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The UMass Memorial Medical Group at Milford donated to the local food pantry.

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The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology organized a mitten drive through its participation and sponsorship in the Night of Sharing dinner event at Mill Swan School to benefit Head Start students and families in Worcester.

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Emergency Medicine Administration faculty and staff have donated to the Worcester County Food Bank for the past few years. This year the team collected $2,700.

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Coats For Kids drive

The Department of Anesthesiology and Hospital Administration participated in the Coats For Kids drive sponsored by the Worcester Educational Development Foundation.

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This year, Nuclear Medicine employees decided to eliminate buying gifts for each other and instead made a group donation to the Worcester County Food Bank.

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Oncology and Research Pharmacy adopted a family through the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester. Team members pitched in and got everything on the wish list including clothes, toys, crafts, a small Christmas tree with ornaments, gift cards for groceries.

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South County Pediatrics adopted three families.

South County Pediatrics in Webster adopted three families and completed each family’s holiday wish list with children’s toys, gifts, necessities and supermarket gift cards.

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For the past several years, the Critical Care Operations Committee has organized a Critical Care Community Holiday Giving Project that assists the most vulnerable in Central Massachusetts via the Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC) Fuel Assistance Program. This program targets assistance to households with the lowest incomes and highest average energy costs. During the 2014-2015 heating season, donations from the UMass Memorial Critical Care Community supported 19 different households in Central Massachusetts which federal fuel assistance benefit had been depleted.

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Robin Demasi, coordinator for the Hand and Physical Therapy Department holiday fundraiser, is pictured with gifts for the team’s adopted family.

Robin Demasi, coordinator for the Hand and Physical Therapy clinics holiday fundraiser, is pictured with gifts for the team’s adopted family.

The Physical Therapy and Hand Therapy clinics, Hahnemann Campus,  adopted a family of four with children ranging in age from 11 months to 13 years old. Working with Friendly House, the department fulfilled the family’s specific requests for special gifts, collecting about 50 gifts, as well as hundreds of dollars in gift cards.

 

Deadline Is This Week to Submit Holiday Fundraiser/Collection Stories

people helping people logoDon’t miss out on the opportunity to share news of your department or team helping others this holiday season. Share your story with News & Views if your team is involved in a collection, fundraiser or other initiative to help support community agencies and families in need this season. As in past years, News & Views will recognize this holiday generosity in our special editions. Email News & Views your short news item (photos are encouraged) that describes your team’s efforts the end of this week. Please note that items received after this week may not be included.

Spread the Cheer; Tell Us about Your Holiday Fundraisers

sharing-giftsIf your department or team is doing something good, let us know so we can spread the word of your generosity. It could be collecting food, clothing or money; assembling packages for the troops; adopting a child/family or some other kindness that helps others. As in past years, News & Views will recognize this holiday generosity in our special editions dedicated to promoting such efforts. Email News & Views by Wednesday, December 16, and share photos and brief details of your holiday giving.

Happy Holidays: Our Employees Celebrate the Act of Helping Others!

happy holidaysEach holiday season, our Medical Center employees contribute generously to community agencies and local families in need. Our employees’ selfless acts of giving align with our systemwide “True North” principles (Our Patients, Our People, Our Future and Our Discoveries). This is why it is so important that News & Views brings you the information about our journey to becoming the best place to give care, and the best place to get care. Today’s and Wednesday’s News & Views issues show how much our departments and teams care about our patients, greater community and each other. Learn about this year’s acts of holiday benevolence:

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Donate to Child Life Program at Innovation Celebration Today! From noon to 1 pm, the Noonan Concourse (outside the ED), University Campus, has been designated a drop-off event for donations to the wish list for the Child Life Program. Spread holiday cheer for a child and celebrate employee innovation and accomplishments at the same time. Enjoy games, prizes, hot chocolate, holiday cookies and a special visit from the North High School Chorus.

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nov raffleThe Office of Clinical Integration (OCI) participated in a fundraiser during the month of November, raising $350 for Bringing People and Service Together (BAMSI), a social services agency that provides services throughout the Commonwealth, which is also located next to OCI. Team members donated small prizes for each day of the month and also made monetary contributions ($3, $2 or $1), and in return received a ticket for each donation to participate in a daily raffle. Presenting the donation are (left to right): Alice Leblanc, RN, OCI clinical care manager (and the idea spark for the fundraiser); Rashedah Smith, BAMSI program director; Lindsay Holmes, OCI outreach coordinator.

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The Tri-River Family Health Center raised $440 for the Telegram & Gazette’s Santa Fund. For many years, the center has raised money through its year-round candy and summertime ice cream collections.

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The Office of Quality and Patient Safety, which includes Regulatory, Patient Experience and Analytics Departments, donated to the NEADS -The Canines for Combat Program. Through this program, more than 65 veterans have been placed with service dogs that assist veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, hearing loss and limited mobility.

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For the second year, the Finance Team, 306 Belmont Street, sponsored three families from the Belmont Hill Community School. Working with the school’s adjustment counselor, three families were selected based on need. Through the generous donation of the finance team, employees  purchased, wrapped and delivered clothes, toys and holiday cheer to eight neighbors in need.

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marcom collectionOur Marketing and Communications Department partnered with the United Way to sponsor a family in need this holiday season. This year a single mother and her four children ages 10, 13, 15 and 17 asked for remote cars, Legos, beauty supplies, kitchenware, shoes, clothing, winter coats, department store and supermarket gift cards and more. The team was able to gift all of the items on the family’s wish list and truly enjoyed spreading a little warmth and holiday cheer! Pictured:

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The Soarian Financials IS Team sponsored a child from a local church’s giving tree. The team purchased all the items on the child’s wish list along with some extras to help brighten her holiday.

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To celebrate helping others this holiday season, the Community Medical Group Administration Office donated a family Thanksgiving basket to Auburn Youth and Family Services and Christmas wish list items for members of Veterans Inc., Grove Street, Worcester. 

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South County Pediatrics in Webster coordinated a holiday food drive to benefit the Webster-Dudley Food Share Program. The practice invited its staff and patients to participate in a giving tree fund-raiser to collect nonperishable food items and toiletries.

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Sports Medicine coordinated a collection to purchase children’s wish list item working with the Salvation Army program.

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Our inpatient rehab staff, University Campus, and hand therapy staff donated turkeys, groceries, supermarket gifts cards and volunteered time to assist the Friendly House in its annual Thanksgiving food drive.

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The Memorial Campus Pharmacy sponsored two-single parent families this year. The team provided toys and clothes for the children and gift cards to grocery stores for the parents.

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The Pediatric Endocrinology Division organized a collection to donate to one of its families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. The division gifted the family with a gift card to purchase toys, clothes and food.