Northern Inyo Healthcare District’s employees ended the holiday giving season on a big note by providing gifts for The IMACA Wish Tree and to the residents of the Bishop Care Center.
According to NIHD’s Michelle Garcia, Team NIHD fulfilled the wishes for 47 local children. The Wish Tree Program, coordinated by the Inyo-Mono Advocates for Community Action (IMACA), provides clothing, toys, and other gifts to children in the community who may not receive Christmas gifts otherwise.
Team NIHD members including Garcia, Kristen Bernasconi, Oscar Lopez-Esparza, Scott Hooker, and NIHD Chief Executive Officer Kevin S. Flanigan, MD MBA, loaded the colorful and plentiful gifts into one of NIHD’s CareShuttle vans and transported the gifts to IMACA’s wrapping and staging area at the Tri-County Fairgrounds. IMACA then distributed the gifts in time for Christmas.
“Compassion is one of core values the NIHD Team holds dear,” Garcia said. “The fact that we can carry it over to programs like The Wish Tree, and the food drives, and the other community efforts we participate in makes the holidays that much warmer and brighter.”
Team NIHD also delivered 39 gifts to the residents of the Bishop Care Center. These gifts – mostly of warm clothing – were also donated by NIHD employees.
As the care center is so close to the NIHD campus, Garcia, Bernasconi and Dr. Flanigan literally walked a cart full of gifts to BCC’s front door. There, they were met by BCC Administrator Jay Caramba, Director of Nursing Sue Uchendu, Activities Director Ida Enger, and Activities Assistant Cora Heeg. The gifts were distributed to residents in time for Christmas.
During the presentation of the holiday gifts, Dr. Flanigan commented that he could not be more impressed by the compassion and generosity of Team NIHD.
These two gift drives conclude Team NIHD’s 2018 holiday efforts which also include a food drive that benefitted the food pantries at IMACA and The Salvation Army, the donation of more than 100 frozen turkeys donated by the staff to local service agencies including Inyo-Mono Association for the Handicapped, and the donation of more than $1,100 to the Eastern Sierra Cancer Alliance.