Cortlandt Manor, NY - (December 18, 2013) – Santa’s Helpers at Hudson Valley Hospital Center wrapped mountains of gifts on December 18 to make holiday wishes come true for local children and their families.

In an annual tradition, staff and local girl scouts and community members wrapped more than 700 gifts that will be donated to local social services agencies and delivered to families in need. Pajamas and books, dolls, trucks, musical instruments and art supplies, boots, socks and tons of toys, clothing and other gifts were packaged in less than two hours, beating last year’s record.

This year – the 18th year of Santa’s Helpers - the Hospital spent $125 per child on 93 children. The Santa’s Helpers project is also delivering gifts to 44 families and 1 group home.

Sue Lepore, facilitator of the program in the administration office at HVHC, said she has seen a change over the years as larger donors step forward to make up for those who are affected in a down economy.

This year, the Paramount Theatre donated $600 from the proceeds of its December 8 performance of the Nutcracker. Kitah Hay (fifth grade) at the Reform Temple of Putnam Valley raised over $500, shopping and wrapping gifts for five children.

“We had some very generous anonymous donations this year,’’ said Lepore. “These children ask for so little, some asking only for basic necessities such as shampoo and blankets. We try to meet those requests and then add a little extra to make it a holiday to remember.’’

Hospital employees held several fundraisers as well including three days when employees paid $10 each for the right to wear denim to work and six 50/50 raffles.

Hudson Valley Hospital Center is at 1980 Crompond Rd. (Route 202) Cortlandt Manor, NY.
 

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Cortlandt Manor, NY - (November 15, 2013) – Santa’s Helpers at Hudson Valley Hospital Center are getting a little help from the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater this year.

The landmark theater’s new operators, Paramount Hudson Valley, have pledged to donate a portion of the ticket sales from its December 8 performance of the classic holiday ballet the Nutcracker to the Hospital’s “Santa’s Helpers” program.

For the past 18 years, HVHC’s “Santa’s Helpers” has raised funds to buy holiday gifts for deserving children in the Cortlandt Manor area.

“I cannot think of a more perfect way to raise funds for Santa’s Helpers,’’ said John Federspiel, President of Hudson Valley Hospital Center, who started the holiday gift drive. “The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition loved by children of all ages. I urge all of our employees and everyone in the community to attend the Dec. 8th performance to support the Paramount and Santa’s Helpers.”


Kurt Heitmann, CEO of the Paramount Hudson Valley, said the theater is pleased to partner with such a worthy cause. “We are about the community and what a wonderful opportunity to give back,’’ he said. “Our Nutcracker is a family event and perfect to raise money for children in need. We are delighted to partner with Hudson Valley Hospital Center.”

Tchaikovsky’s holiday ballet features classics such as “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and “Waltz of the Snowflakes. The ballet will be performed by the Westchester Ballet Center for the Performing Arts under the direction of Rose Menes. Tickets to the December 8 performance are $20 and $26 and can be purchased online at www.paramounthudsonvalley.com or by calling 914-739-0039.

With the funds that are raised from the performance, donations and hospital fundraisers, the Hospital plans to spend $125 per child on about 100 children. It will add a child for each $125 that it raises. The Westchester County Department of Social Services and other social service agencies provide the Hospital with wish lists from families.

On Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. in the Wagner Conference Room staff will begin wrapping gifts that will be delivered to families in need. Pajamas and books, dolls, trucks, boots, socks and tons of toys will be packaged in a few short hours.

Sue Lepore, facilitator of the program in the administration office at HVHC, has the job of sorting through letters containing the wish lists of needy children and their families. She then assigns gift shopping to Hospital employees who spend an entire afternoon wrapping the gifts at a festive wrapping party. Many times families and social service workers stop by during the afternoon to pick up the gifts.

“We hope that people in the community will help us to support this very worthy project,’’ said Lepore. “These children ask for so little. We try to make this a great holiday by giving them more than they request.’’

For more information on donating to the Santa’s Helper’s Project visit www.hvhc.org or call Sue Lepore at 914-734- 3287.


 

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Cortlandt Manor, NY - (November 12, 2013) – Santa’s Helpers at Hudson Valley Hospital Center need your help to make wishes come true for local children and their families.

In an annual tradition, Hudson Valley Hospital Center employees are raising funds to buy holiday gifts for deserving children in the Cortlandt Manor area. Since July, employees have been raising funds to support the Hospital’s annual labor of love.

“Last year we had Hurricane Sandy and that made fundraising a bit of a challenge. We are hoping that this year we will be able to raise more than we did last year,’’ said John Federspiel, President of Hudson Valley Hospital Center, who started the tradition 18 years ago. “We have so many generous people at the Hospital and in the community who support this great cause. Thanks to all of them we have been able to keep going year after year.”

The Hospital plans to spend $125 per child on about 100 children, and will add a child for each $125 that it raises. The Westchester County Department of Social Services provides the Hospital with wish lists from families.


On Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. in the Wagner Conference Room staff will begin wrapping gifts that will be delivered to families in need. Pajamas and books, dolls, trucks, boots, socks and tons of toys will be packaged in a few short hours. Santa is expected to stop by to supervise the Hospital elves at work.

But before the wrapping can begin, employees must continue to do some fundraising and shopping. To raise money, the Hospital staff sold raffles and employees paid $10 each for the privilege of wearing denim to work on two Fridays.

Sue Lepore, facilitator of the program in the administration office at HVHC, has the job of sorting through letters containing the wish lists of needy children and their families. She then assigns gift shopping to Hospital employees who spend an entire afternoon wrapping the gifts at a festive wrapping party. Many times families and social service workers stop by during the afternoon to pick up the gifts.

“We hope that people in the community will help us to support this very worthy project,’’ said Lepore. “These children ask for so little. We try to make this a great holiday by giving them more than they request.’’

For more information on donating to the Santa’s Helper’s Project visit www.hvhc.org or call Sue Lepore at 914-734- 3287.
 

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