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Community Outreach

Another Year of Generous Giving!

GiftsStaff throughout HUP, CPUP and Corporate help those in need throughout the year but the “giving” reaches new levels in the weeks leading up to the holidays.

Holly Days again brought in a huge number of gifts and monetary donations. Departments throughout the hospital “adopted” 25 families (with a total of 60 kids) from a local shelter that helps women and children in transition. Employees also reached out to The Veterans Group, donating clothing, books, and other items to help displaced veterans. “This is the first year we’ve donated to veterans. They were overwhelmed with the amount of gifts they received … and very appreciative,” said Phyllis Murray of Administration, who takes the lead for Holly Days. In addition, employees contributed over $3,500 worth of gift cards from Target, Walmart, and supermarkets to Covenant House, a crisis center in Philadelphia which provides a continuum of services to meet the complex needs of homeless and runaway youth.

Holly Days recipients weren’t the only ones to benefit from our generosity. HUP’s Nursing Network Center held a toy and clothing drive for the People’s Emergency Center. Brenda Bradford said donations poured in for the moms and their kids who are trying to make better lives for themselves. Periop Services filled the wish lists of two children with cancer through Kisses for Kyle, an organization that offers a variety of services to families dealing with childhood cancer in the Delaware Valley. And staff from Silverstein 11, which has a large transplant patient population, paid a visit to the Clyde Barker Transplant House, baking holiday cookies for – and with – family members of transplant patients staying there.


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Apply Today for You Penn Medicine CAREs Grant

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