Two Hundred-Fifty Reasons to Be Thankful this Holiday Season
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Watercolor paints and paper. Snuggly jammies. Train sets. Modeling clay. Rain boots and jacket.
These items may be found on any child’s holiday wish list, but these gifts have extra special meaning. Presents like these, as well as a host of others, came from lists of more than 250 families throughout the greater Sacramento area and Central Valley who benefit from Sutter’s Holiday Adopt-a-Family program.
Cindy Coffey, a 17-year employee who works as a part of the administrative team for the Sutter Health Valley Area, says her department has been participating in the event for years.
“I think giving back is just the epitome of Christmas and the giving spirit,” Coffey said. “In light of the recent fires and the devastation those communities have suffered and endured, I think this year the opportunity to give means so much more than it ever has. It’s special to have the opportunity to give to those who expect so little, yet need it the most.”
“It has been extremely heartwarming to engage with Sutter Health employees who are so willing and eager to give to a family in need,” said Melanie Rivera, external affairs associate at Sutter Health. “These acts of kindness are spreading cheer among our employees, partners and community.”
The Holiday Adopt-a-Family program is part of Sutter Health’s not-for-profit mission in action. Holiday Adopt-a-Family allows employees from Valley-area Sutter hospitals and care centers the opportunity to provide needed supplies and gifts to families who wouldn’t otherwise have the resources to celebrate the holidays this year. At more than a dozen drop-off locations across the Sutter Health network this week, employees will donate new gifts that range from clothes and shoes to toys and books.
Sutter Health collaborates with several not-for-profit community agencies that identify these families in need. This year, Sutter teamed up with the Child Abuse Prevention Council in Sacramento County, the Fighting Back Partnership in Solano County, Hands of Hope in Yuba and Sutter counties, Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus, KidsFirst and Lincoln Lighthouse in Placer County, Nexus Youth and Family Services in Amador County, Women’s Center Youth and Family Services in San Joaquin County, the Valley Crisis Center in Merced County and Yolo County Children’s Alliance. Thanks to the kindness and generosity of employees, more than 2,500 families have been adopted over the past 10 years from throughout the greater Sacramento area and Central Valley.
As a not-for-profit organization, Sutter Health believes in giving back. Sutter Health’s total community benefit investment was $612 million in 2017. These funds supported traditional charity care, unreimbursed Medi-Cal costs, health education as well as community clinics.