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Living God's Love through Christmas Joy

Philanthropy, 2017

Living God’s Love through Christmas Joy

HANFORD – For the past few weeks, the Administration offices at the Adventist Health hospitals in Hanford, Reedley and Selma have been the site of an outpouring of generosity as its employees piled up hundreds of Christmas gifts and grocery gift cards for local families in need.

Employees throughout Adventist Health’s Central Valley Network have been busy fulfilling the Christmas wishes of 200 families identified by community agencies, to make the holidays brighter for families in the communities it serves.

They have been checking their lists, buying their gifts, and giving the ribbons one final twist before delivering items directly to the families’ homes. Altogether, more than 1,000 family members received gifts from employees in Hanford, Reedley, Selma and other Valley communities.

Many family members could barely conceal their tears of joy as employees hauled sacks of gifts into their homes. The children were often jumping up and down with excitement.

“This has been a great experience,” Jennifer Sheldon, RN, said as she made deliveries. “We just wanted to be able to bless these families at Christmas.”

Departments “adopted” families and set about making their Christmas merry by purchasing gifts for each family member and even providing food or grocery gift cards so that families can prepare their own Christmas feast.

“Our employees’ generosity is inspiring and frankly astonishing to all of us,” Andrea Kofl, network President, said. “This is a prime example of how Adventist Health strives not only to connect on a personal level with our patients and community, but also fulfill our mission of living God’s love.”

Employees purchased gifts for family members ranging in age from infants to senior citizens, and the gifts ranged from simple warm blankets to a coveted Mongoose mountain bike. Many of the families said they would not have had any gifts under the tree were it not for the generosity of Adventist Health employees.

VIDEO Click here for a behind-the-scenes look at the whirlwind activities of the Adventist Health elves in action: