Posted by Debra Worley - email
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - New Hanover Regional Medical Center loaded hundreds of gifts donated by employees on ambulances for a holiday delivery to families in need.
The organizer for the Adopt-a-Family toy drive says the event helps make the holidays special for hundreds of people in the area.
"The entire network came together as one family at Christmas time and they are very generous," said event organizer Diane Jacobs. "We supply Christmas for over 300 people, probably."
More than 65 hospital departments took place in the annual event. Each department selected a family being helped by area agencies, including the Salvation Army, Domestic Violence Shelter, and Wilmington Interfaith Hospitality Network @ Willow Pond.
Gifts range from clothes to bikes - complete with bike helmets donated by NHRMC Trauma Services.
"This is something that's very special to our employees and to us as a medical center," said CEO Jack Barto in a statement. "It's a chance for the NHRMC family to give to the community in a different way and in a way that makes us feel very personally involved in helping others."