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, 167 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.
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.
Employees also donated more than 180 Christmas stockings to the residents
in local nursing homes this year. “Good Samaritan has been collecting
stockings for the nursing home residents for the past few years,”
said Debbie Swain, Community Relations Specialist. “When dropping
off the stockings at the nursing homes, everyone is always appreciative.
Bringing a smile to the residents’ faces and brightening their day
is why we do this every year.”
Each stocking was filled with various items for residents that included
items such as: small calendars, lotion, socks, lip balm, body wash, word
search books, toothbrushes and more.
The Marketing Department at Good Samaritan coordinates the Giving Tree
and stocking donation each holiday season. “All the employees continue
to amaze us with their generosity,” said Tiffany Conover, Director
of Marketing. “All of our Giving Tree tags are sponsored each year
and the number of stockings we collect continues to grow. We look forward
to this time of year and really enjoy spreading Christmas cheer throughout