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, 161 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. “I am amazed
at the amount of gifts donated every year,” McLin stated. “All
of the employees really enjoy helping others this time of year and because
of their generosity, many children will have a wonderful Christmas morning.”
For the Giving Tree, each of the grade schools provide the hospital with
information on 20-25 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.“I enjoy organizing
the Giving Tree program every year,” said Debbie Swain, Marketing
“It is heartwarming to see a room full of gifts and hear how much
everyone enjoys participating in the program. To see all the employees
come together for a good cause is truly amazing.”