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Miami Valley Hospital Employees Make the Holidays Brighter for Area Families

Dayton, OH (December 14, 2006) – Santa's helpers have been busy at Miami Valley Hospital and are continuing a half century employee tradition, called Project Holiday Baskets. This year thanks to the efforts of hospital staff, baskets of holiday gifts and food will be distributed to 113 less fortunate families and 120 nursing home residents in the Dayton area.

Distribution of the baskets begins Thursday, December 14, when employees will load vehicles with non-perishable grocery items and brightly wrapped presents to be delivered to the family they have adopted.

"The generosity of our employees astounds me," says Luanna Scott who is chairing Holiday Baskets this year. "For several weeks now departments have been buying and collecting gifts and non-perishable food items in order to make the holidays brighter for someone else."

Families who benefit from Holiday Baskets are nominated by MVH employees and then a committee makes the final selection of recipients based on level of need. The hospital also works with other area social service agencies to ensure that the needs are met for those selected.

In order to help fund Holiday Baskets departments hold bake and craft sales and hold raffle drawings at the hospital all year long. Additionally, proceeds from product sales held several times during the year pays for a gift card which is included in every family basket. Employees also donate toys, clothing and household items to fill baskets.

"Participating in this effort gives each employee at MVH a true sense of what Christmas and the holidays are meant to be and that is giving, not receiving," says Scott. "The families I have met over the years by volunteering for this effort are so grateful for the generosity of our employees. It is just heart warming to know how we have helped to make the season a bit merrier for someone else."

Santa's helpers will fill their "sleighs" starting at 8:00 and will continue throughout the day.