Hot Springs co-workers give, advocacy center receives

December 20, 2011

The Rudolph-themed box decorated

by Pastoral Care was one of many.

Giving has been a major theme throughout December at St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs.

St. Joseph’s Mercy co-workers have given and St. Joseph’s Mercy has received from the community throughout this Holiday season.

It will continue Christmas morning when St. Joseph’s Mercy co-workers serve as volunteers for the Mercy Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels program. Co-workers will help prepare meals and deliver them throughout the Hot Springs Community. It has become an annual tradition at both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Earlier this month, St. Joseph’s Mercy co-workers donated and assembled gift packs for our Mercy Sharing’s Christmas Families. Many of these families were involved with the Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center in Hot Springs.

The family gifts were assembled into holiday decorations, some with an amazing amount of skill. The winner of the gift decorating contest was Pastoral Care with their Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer design. See some of the other designs on St. Joseph's Mercy's Facebook page.

The gifts were distributed to the families this week.

“I know the spirit of Mercy is alive and well in everyone’s hearts as I’ve heard so many stories of our co-workers and physicians reaching out to those in need this holiday season,” said St. Joseph’s Mercy President Tim Johnsen. “So many departments and clinics are pitching in to help those less fortunate in the true spirit of the season.”

St. Joseph’s Mercy was also the recipient of two toy donations for the Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center.

St. John’s Catholic School in Hot Springs donated dozens of toys after their toy procession during mass. Afterward, the sixth and seventh grade classes toured the Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center with director Janice McCutcheon.

And Sharon’s clothing store in Hot Springs offered customers a 25 percent discount if they donated a new, unwrapped toy. They hoped to have enough toys to fill a sleigh. They did that and more. Sharon’s is located at 222 Cornerstone Blvd.

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