Holiday spirit was on display this month as employees from Sutter Amador Hospital and affiliates throughout Sutter Health generously donated thousands of holiday gifts to families in need as part of Sutter Health’s Adopt-a-Family program. Truckloads of gifts were delivered to more than 250 families in 10 counties in time for Christmas.
“It is an amazing thing to see boxes upon boxes of gifts pour in from our employees to help families that may not have experienced Christmas without our support,” said Jody Boetzer, senior development officer who helped organized gift donations from the Sutter Amador Foundation Board. “When these gifts arrive at the homes of the families on Christmas, the children wake up and believe that something magical happened and it is so heartwarming to be a part of that.”
Sutter Health has supported the Adopt-a-Family program for the past 10 years, generously providing needed supplies and gifts to less fortunate families from Amador County to Yuba County.
Sutter Amador Hospital sponsored those families served by Nexus Youth and Family Services, which supports low income and families experiencing hardship in Jackson, Ione and Pine Grove.
“It’s about giving those families in need a little help and joy this holiday season,” said Anne Platt, CEO of Sutter Amador Hospital. “It is a wonderful feeling to see how Sutter Amador Hospital employees have gone above and beyond to help make Christmas a joyous time for so many.”
Each year, Sutter Health partners with local agencies and receives a wish list from participating families for employees to shop from. Gifts range from the bare necessities such as clothes, shoes, coats and sweaters to fun items for the kids including toys, sports equipment, electronics, movies and games. Partner agencies include Nexus Youth & Family Services, Valley Crisis Center, Kids First, Child Abuse Prevention Council, Lincoln Lighthouse, Women’s Center Youth and Family Services, Fighting Back Partnership, Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus, Yolo County Children’s Alliance and Hand of Hope.
“Not only does Sutter Health care about our patients, but we care about those who are less fortunate,” said Boetzer. “I am proud to be part of an organization that comes together for our patients, our communities and our families to improve lives and provide holiday cheer.”