St. John’s Hospital – Lebanon cardiopulmonary rehabilitation department is making Christmas a little brighter for others thanks to Christmas ministry project to sponsor the employees of Laclede Industries. Laclede Industries is a not-for-profit Sheltered Workshop which provides dignified employment for those with disabilities.
“Most of these employees live in residential facilities, many without any families to help them,” explained Mary Heaston, RN and cardiopulmonary rehab executive director. “They have genuine needs and we felt it would be a great service to sponsor them.”
Using employee identification numbers from 51 workers with wish lists for gifts attached, Lebanon Hospital rehab staff and patients purchased items from the list, returning them wrapped to put under the Christmas tree. The wishes ranged from toiletries, boots, socks, “anything Tinker Bell,” Christian CDs and coats.
“When someone lives on disability and lives in a home, they are only allowed $30 per month spending money. So you can see that getting clothes or nice toiletries is pretty much beyond their means,” Heaston said. “It’s nice to see that not only our staff, but also our patients, have really adopted this cause and are so giving to those less fortunate.”
Linda Kimrey, Laclede Industries CEO, said the donations are a blessing and that they are honored St. John’s Hospital – Lebanon chose them as their Christmas ministry.
Representatives from Laclede Industries will pick up the gifts at the Lebanon Hospital Monday, Dec. 20 and gifts will be distributed at a party the morning of Dec. 23.