Good Samaritan employees have been busy these past few weeks purchasing
gifts for the hospital’s annual Giving Tree. Thanks to their generosity
during this holiday season, 159 children had a little something extra
for them under the tree Christmas morning.
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 including toys, clothing, games, crafts and more.
Rob McLin, President and CEO of Good Samaritan says the tradition of the
Giving Tree gives hospital employees the opportunity to help families
in need. “Our employees look forward to the Giving Tree every year,”
McLin stated. “I am always impressed by the amount of gifts collected
for these children. It truly shows how dedicated the people of this organization
are to our community.”
For the Giving Tree, each of the grade schools provided the hospital with
information on at least 25 children who were in need on 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 Christmas.
“I love organizing the Giving Tree every year,” said Debbie
Swain, Marketing Assistant. “It is very heartwarming to know that
we are helping children in our community have a good Christmas.”
Good Samaritan started the Giving Tree program more than 25 years ago as
a way to give something back to the community while also ensuring the
children of Knox County have a wonderful and meaningful Christmas.