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Published on January 10, 2014

Operation Snowflake: DCMH Employees Help Their Own 

Operation Snowflake Contributions and DCMH Staff

The DCMH Operation Snowflake Committee raffled off baskets in December
2013. Pictured from left to right are committee members Barbara Nolan, R.N.(chair), Pat Smith and Audrey Calabrese.

DREXEL HILL, Pa. — Three years ago, in December 2010, a group of Delaware County Memorial Hospital employees banded together with a singular goal—to help their own. With this seemingly simple goal in mind, the group, called Operation Snowflake, aimed to provide financial aid to fellow employees in need due to a tragic event or illness. 

Over the past three years, proceeds from several hospital fundraisers have been donated to staff with a variety of needs—from those with cancer or in need of a sudden surgical procedure to the family of an employee who recently passed away. 

“We have shared approximately $25,000 with these colleagues,” says Barbara Nolan, R.N., nurse director of Medical/Surgical and Rehab Services at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. 

Money is raised through activities, fundraisers and activities planned by the committee and hospital employees. The committee is back in action in order to build the Operation Snowflake bank account back up, plan some events and identify those in need. The first fundraiser, held in mid-December, raised over $4,000. Departments throughout DCMH prepared and donated gift baskets for a hospital-wide raffle. 

Plans are also under way for a Valentine’s Day Bake Sale on Feb. 13. “All of the proceeds will go into the Operation Snowflake fund so that we can help out more employees in need,” Nolan says. Those who receive help from Operation Snowflake are confidentially identified by a department director, Human Resources or a fellow coworker. “I guess you could say ‘it’s our own helping our own,’” Nolan says. 

“We are proud to have helped many employees, some of whom have been able to return to work, others who could not, and some who have since passed away. It’s really a good thing that we do, and it makes us feel great,” Nolan says.

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