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Crozer-Keystone Employees Make Christmas Brighter for Children

Crozer-Keystone’s toy drive in December to help benefit the Community Action Agency of Delaware County resulted in dozens of donations to help those less fortunate in our area. Employees from Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Taylor Hospital made a special effort to make many Delaware County children extra happy on Christmas morning this past year.

The Nutrition Services department at Delaware County Memorial Hospital raffled off two gift baskets in the cafeteria to raise money to buy presents for the children that are helped through the toy drive.

“My staff and I were able to raise $325 for toys for the kids,” says Barbara Broadbent, director of Nutrition Services at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. “As a department, my staff really enjoys helping out others in their time of need, especially at Christmas—the season of giving. With the money we raised, we were able to buy around 30 toys.”

At Taylor Hospital, one employee turned this year’s drive into a family initiative. 

“I come from a very large family — I’m one of nine, and we have several nieces, nephews, in-laws and cousins — that amounts to about 50 people,” says Kathy Driscoll, R.N., Taylor Hospital CICU. “Every year, we have a Pollyanna that one of our family members is in charge of coordinating. Since this year was my turn, I decided to do it a little differently.”

Instead of having each of her family members purchase a $10 or $15 present for one another, Driscoll decided that their money would go to better use if they each purchased a toy for the toy drive.

“My family was more than happy with the idea, and was excited to be helping out children who are less fortunate,” Driscoll adds. “By the time Christmas rolled around, we had dozens of presents to donate. Hopefully, this past year’s toy-giving will turn into a family tradition for years to come.”

For more information about the Community Action Agency, visit www.caadc.org.

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