Christmas is a time to think of others, and year after year that is what
the employees at Good Samaritan do through the hospital’s “Giving
Tree.” This Christmas, thanks to Good Samaritan employees, 170 children
in the Knox County community will have a few more gifts under their Christmas tree.
Through the “Giving Tree” program, hospital employees bought
Christmas gifts for less-fortunate children in the Vincennes Community,
South Knox and North Knox elementary schools. Hundreds of gifts were collected
for these children.
Rob McLin, President and CEO of Good Samaritan, said Good Samaritan employees
prove that they live out the
hospital’s namesake. “Our employees truly enjoy our Giving
Tree program every year,” McLin stated. “They continue to
go above and beyond for the children in our community and enjoy shopping
for the children. Because of their generosity, 170 children will have
a smile on their face on Christmas morning.”
For the Giving Tree, each of the grade schools provide the hospital with
information on at least 25 children who may need a little extra this Christmas.
The parents of the children fill out anonymous information forms that
include only the child’s sizes, interests, favorite colors and wishes.
The information along with the child’s age is added to a tag, which
is hung on a hospital tree. Good Samaritan employees then choose the children
they would like to buy gifts for this Christmas.
Good Samaritan started the Giving Tree program well over 20 years ago to
give something back to the community and to help the children of Knox
County have a wonderful and meaningful Christmas.
“We feel so blessed to have the opportunity to not only make Christmas
a little brighter for the children in our community, but for their parents
as well,” McLin said. “Our employees continue to make this
program a success every year. They all have such big hearts and love helping