St. Bernard adopts 55 families for Christmas

The Christian values of giving and compassion are put into action at St. Bernard Hospital where their Adopt-A-Family program, now in its 20th year, provides baskets of food and toys for area families. Each department of the Hospital, along with some private donors, adopts one or more families in need and contributes to Christmas baskets for their selected families. This year the staff provided baskets for 55 families.

Consultant Redessa Harris (left) and Adopt-A-Family Chair Barbara Young

The Hospital’s Englewood neighborhood has one of the highest rates of poverty in Chicago. There are many parents who are unable to provide basic necessities for their families. Retiring Community Relations Committee Chair, Barbara Young, who has directed the program for more than 17 years, says she does it because “I like giving and I think this is a great opportunity to help the community.” Ms. Young and her community relations team, working with area churches, community and social service agencies gathers lists of families in need of support during the holidays. “Today with the economy and the hardships facing families it is important that we try to do something to help.” she says. And they do help. Read more >>