Kaiser Permanente employees make it a true season of giving throughout the community | Community Spirit
The holiday season is one of many times throughout the year when the people of Kaiser Permanente come together to touch the lives of those in the community.
Physicians and staff in the greater Sacramento region helped make it a happy holiday for those in need, giving to dozens of projects from toy and book drives to shoe and food collections. Some physicians even took children on their own shopping sprees.
Kaiser Permanente doctors and several departments were among those who jumped into action to help at the last minute when a local agency was short gifts for some of its clients. A truck loaded with more than 200 presents donated by Kaiser Permanente staff was delivered to families in the Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center (SAEHC). This special delivery was in addition to the gifts and goodies that, a few weeks before, Folsom staff members donated to other families at the SAEHC.
Meanwhile, emergency department staff from the South Sacramento Medical Center showed their giving spirit by donating toys to nearly 70 children from Susan B. Anthony School in South Sacramento. It started with 50 children who wrote “Dear Santa” letters. Staff put up a tree in the break room and attached the letters to the tree branches. The letters were soon gone and the staff asked to help more children. They got letters from 19 additional students from the same school.
South Sacramento and Elk Grove employees also held a children’s book drive, collecting classics like Dr. Seuss books, as well as modern favorites like Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Some 200 books for children and teenagers were donated to WEAVE, Inc., St. John’s Shelter, My Sister’s House, Elk Grove Food Bank, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Sacramento – Teichert Branch.
In other projects, Kaiser Permanente nurse practitioners raised $600 for Sunburst Projects, which provides support services to families infected or affected by HIV, while employees from the Bell Street office in Sacramento came together to donate more than 40 toys to children who are currently in the foster care system.
And the news was shoes for staff and physicians at the Rancho Cordova Medical Offices who donated walking shoes to Williamson Elementary School in Rancho Cordova. This year they collected 116 pairs of shoes from employees and physicians to ensure that children at the school had a new pair of shoes during the winter. As part of the celebration, the children sang holiday songs for the staff.
In mid-December, volunteers from the Cordova Community Food Locker picked up toys and non-perishable food items that were collected by staff and physicians at the Rancho Cordova Medical Offices.
Christmas came early for 110 children who were taken on a free shopping spree by Kaiser Permanente physicians one Saturday morning. It was called “Shop with a Doc” and it had parents and their kids lined up in the dark at Kohl’s in Roseville and Sacramento hours before the department stores were scheduled to open. Inside, children were paired with KP physicians and staff who volunteered to help them search for clothing, school supplies, and shoes, as well as a few fun items.
Kaiser Permanente reaches out into the community through its Community Benefit program and supports organizations that share the mission of building healthy communities. In addition, staff give their time, money, and talents to make the holidays merry and bright for so many in need.