The following was submitted for publication by Molly Ellis of the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital:
The holidays will be a little bit merrier for local families, thanks to the Associates at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital, who collected more than 275 gifts for the Toys for Tots program.
As of December 20, 278 toys were collected at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital – 128 more than what Associates collected in 2011. The toys will be distributed by Beaumont firefighters.
“San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital has donated to Toys for Tots for the past few years,” said Lynn Gomez, Executive Director of Human Resources. “We picked this program because all toys stay in our local area for our local children. Our community gives so much to SGMH that we decided to give back to them in this fashion.”
All kinds of wonderful toys were collected, like dolls, model car sets, craft kits, board games, stuffed animals, and even blankets and clothes for infants and toddlers.
In addition to the Toys for Tots drive, Hospital Associates also participated in the Winter Wish program, and donated items to the Alternatives to Domestic Violence organization.
SGMH Nursing Administration and other staff members “adopted” two local families for the Winter Wish program, giving them wrapped clothing and toys. The Winter Wish program identifies local Beaumont families in need of assistance, and pairs them with local businesses, organizations, and individuals who can help their “winter wishes” come true.
Hospital Associates also donated warm clothes, towels, toiletries, and other necessities to families at the local domestic violence shelter, through the Alternatives to Domestic Violence organization in Riverside County.
“All of the items donated stay local,” Pat Brown, Chief Nursing Officer, said. “It’s wonderful for our Associates to give back to the communities we live and work in.”