All across Penn Medicine, employees volunteer their time, money, and resources to support their communities. During this past holiday season, many PAH employees gave of themselves to bring joy to patients and their families, and community members in need. Here is how PAH contributed to Penn Medicine’s efforts to help brighten the holidays for those in need:
Helping to Spread Holiday Cheer to the Homeless
As she has each year for the past decade, PAH Skilled Care Center (SCC) Administrator Kathy Magnes, BSN, RN, NHA, collected items donated from generous PAH employees for the homeless. Donations, which include much-needed toiletries, non-perishable snack foods and clothing, are divvied up and wrapped by the staff of the Hospital’s Skilled Care Center. The festive gift bags are then distributed to the homeless throughout the hospital’s neighborhood on early Christmas morning by Magnes and her family.
Baking for Bucks
On December 10th, Women’s Health staff PAH held a bake sale to benefit Cookies for Kid’s Cancer, which is run by Penn Friends and Family Alliance.
The Joan Karnell Supportive Care Services Program Team hosted their fourth annual Together We Can Bake Sale on December 11th and 12th – all proceeds from which directly benefit cancer patients and their families at PAH.
Stamping Out Hunger During the Holidays
Food & Nutrition Services at Pennsylvania Hospital sponsored two food drives this holiday season. The first was a collection of non-perishable food items for Philabundance in support of WMMR, FM 93.3’s Preston & Steve’s Campout for Hunger campaign which ended December 6th. The team continued to collect non-perishable food items for the PAH Hall-Mercer Community Behavioral Health Center from December 5-20th, with collection bins set up throughout the hospital campus.