Gastonia, N.C. – December 21, 2011 – Santa is not the only one checking Christmas lists this year. This morning
Barbara Gibson in Pastoral Care at CaroMont Health helped load up cars
with gifts that would be given out to over 50 children in Gaston County
for Christmas. This number exceeds last year’s Christmas giving.
Since 2002, CaroMont Health employees participate in the Christmas Angels
Program that provides Christmas gifts to children who have been identified
through the Gaston County Family YMCA and Woodhill School with programs
for underprivileged youth.
“Every year, employees call ahead to ask what they can do for Christmas
Angels even before I can send out the request,” said Barbara Gibson.
“Departments who participate go above and beyond what a child requests
because they are so passionate about helping.”
For the last nine years, Phyllis Davis-Brown picks up Chrismtas gifts on
behalf of the YMCA. She along with her sister, Jada Fewell, had their
vehicles packed to the hilt with gifts to go to children this week. Phyllis,
the Financial Development /Outreach Director, recalls her years working
with CaroMont to provide children ages 4 to teenage years who are a part
of one of the three Y programs, Y-Pals, Y-Life and Strengthening Families.
“Christmas Angels is God’s way of extending his hand through
our programs to reach these children every year,” said Phyllis.
Phyllis sees an increase in the number of people who give each year despite
the current economic climate.
“It makes Phyllis happy when she can make a child smile,” said
The youth receiving these gifts provided a list of items they identified
as a need. One child asked for a blanket for Christmas, but CaroMont employees
stuffed gift boxes with way more than that out of a grateful and thankful
heart to bless others at Christmas.
“Every year we are presented with a need through this program, and
every year employees respond over and above,” said Barbara. “It
is Christmas for real.”
About CaroMont Health
As your locally focused, nationally honored health partner, CaroMont Health
is promoting a more vibrant community through individual health care.
To do this, we’ve created a network of top resources across five
counties, all centered on a state-of-the-art, 435-bed hospital that’s
ranked among the best in the nation. It’s a spectrum of health services
that’s just the right size to deliver high-quality, individualized
care that has been recognized by the following experts:
- CareChex rating service: First in the nation for medical excellence for
Region’s only Hospital to receive
North Carolina’s Award for Performance Excellence (Baldrige)
- Joint Commission: Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for heart attack,
heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.
So get to know CaroMont, and let’s begin a healthy relationship.