2015 Christmas Gift Program; another successful year!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 12:19pm

Submitted by Dachia Joudrey, volunteer co-ordinator, Nova Scotia Hospital
 
This year, as for the past 36 years, Father Eric Theriault, organized the Christmas Gift Program with his driver, Jim King.  They collected  more than 90 large green bags of items, which were donated by the parishioners of the Catholic churches in the Halifax metro area.
 
The items were brought to the special “Santa Shop” at the Nova Scotia Hospital site where staff sorted and organized the items so that specific unit staff could come and “shop/select” for clients and individuals receiving care.  As in the past, Volunteer Services partnered with the Occupational Therapy team at the NSH which ensured that the Gift program ran smoothly.
 
The areas served by the Gift program were:  the Nova Scotia Hospital (including all Mental Health and Addictions Inpatient units), the East Coast Forensic Hospital, the Abbie J.Lane Hospital and the Community Transition Program in Lower Sackville.
 
Items donated this year were wonderful and due to everyone’s participation every client was able to receive a gift on Christmas morning.
 
Volunteer Services would like to extend a big thanks to Fr. Theriault, Jim King, Sherran Henderson, Chris Reid, Andrew MacDonald and everyone who made this year’s gift program so successful.