OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group employees enjoyed another year of giving this Christmas season. Staff from more than a dozen departments throughout the Hospital, Medical Group and OSF Home Care & Hospice ‘adopted’ families for Christmas through St. Vincent DePaul.
Maribel Perryman, a dietary employee at OST St. Francis Hospital, has organized the project each of the 17 years OSF has been involved in the program. Maribel explains she was inspired to give to others after she had gone through a difficult time in her life and her co-workers at OSF came together to support her when she needed it most. “From then on I swore to pay it forward,” said Perryman.
Maribel works with St. Vincent DePaul to identify families in need and gathers lists of the children, their age and the items they may want for Christmas. “It’s not uncommon for us to see a list with just one toy per child and some essentials that many of us take for granted,” said Lindsey Stearns, community relations specialist at OSF St. Francis.
Once the families are identified, departments throughout OSF St. Francis volunteer to ‘adopt a family’ for Christmas and receive the wish lists of their particular family. OSF employees donate their time and resources to shop for the families. They wrap each gift and deliver them to one area of the hospital for St. Vincent DePaul Christmas basket volunteers to pick up. “It is always so exciting to see all of the gifts filling the room, and the excitement is shared by all of our staff delivering the gifts. It feels good to know we are helping make Christmas special for families in our community,” said Stearns.
The Sister’s Mission is the heart of OSF HealthCare’s culture. Employees at OSF HealthCare are not just employees, but Mission Partners and their Mission is to serve with the greatest care and love. Dave Lord, President of OSF St. Francis Hospital says, “This is just one of the many ways our Mission Partners live the Mission and provide compassionate care to our community, above and beyond their job descriptions.”