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CaroMont Health participates in Christmas Angels Program for kids, 9th Year


Dallas Wilborn
CaroMont Health

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 Jada Fewell.

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 overall care
  • 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.

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