Donation of Easter Baskets to Local Charities Spreads Spirit of the Season

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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What started as an internal Easter celebration for employees at Good Samaritan Medical Center has grown into a heartfelt gesture that will bring cheer to area families.  Thanks to community partnerships, an Easter Basket Decorating contest will have a greater purpose this season.

“We provided Easter Baskets for every department and invited employees to decorate them,” said Donna Rubinate, Chief Operating Officer at Good Samaritan Medical Center.  “On March 22, the baskets will be on display in the Good Samaritan cafeteria where the staff will be able to vote for their favorites.  This is a way for staff, many who work under stressful conditions, to also have some fun together as a team,” she said.  “Since we have close to 40 baskets, we thought donating them to a local charity would be a terrific way to also give back to the community.”

That’s where the Medical Center’s Community Benefits Advisory Council (CBAC) stepped in.  With a few emails and calls, community partners chimed in with suggestions.

A member of the CBAC, Harbor One Credit Union has an annual tradition of bringing the Easter Bunny to the Family Life Center and David Jon Louison Center for pictures. The two centers, both in Brockton, are part of the family services branch of the Old Colony Y.  “We’ve been taking free photos with the Bunny at both Centers for many years.  The children often don’t get to see the Easter Bunny, so it gives our employees great satisfaction and joy to see the excitement in their faces,” said Leo Macneil, SVP of Community Relations for Harbor One.

The Old Colony Y generously arranged to pick up and deliver the baskets from Good Samaritan.  “On behalf of the Old Colony YMCA we want to send our sincerest appreciation to all at Good Samaritan Medical Center for their wonderful donation of Easter Baskets.  We love it when employees come together to support a cause - especially one benefitting children and families within our Family Services Division of the Old Colony YMCA,” said Erin K. Spaulding, Senior Executive Director of Family Services Old Colony YMCA.  “We work passionately to end family homelessness by providing an array of YMCA supports to help enhance their self-sufficiency.  No child should experience homelessness or lack a safe place to go home to.  We support 31 families within our Family Life Center and our David Jon Louison Family Center and work with over 65 families that have been recently housed within the community.  Collectively we support over 230 children each year. It is the ‘little things’ that matter when a community comes together to make random acts of kindness.  Our children will feel extra special on this holiday and it will be wonderful to see their faces when the Easter Bunny presents them with a wonderful Easter Basket!  Thanks to all who gave a little something to put a smile on a child’s face. It truly does make a difference,” said Spaulding.

The Family Life Center (FLC) is a supportive transitional housing program for 13 families residing in Brockton. FLC provides support to families in need, enabling the family to remain together during hardships. FLC helps provide the families stability to meet emotional and material needs.

The David Jon Louison Center (DJL) is a foundation dedicated to helping homeless families living with infants and toddlers. The center is located in a residential neighborhood in the Greater Brockton area. DJL provides shelter, education, and support for the homeless as well as services to help the families attain success and self-sufficiency.

Several times during the year, staff at Good Samaritan rally around contests or causes. Currently during the months of March and April, employees are also donating food for the Charity Guild’s annual Food Drive, joining many others in the community in supporting local food pantries.

About Good Samaritan Medical Center
Good Samaritan Medical Center, a member of Steward Health Care, is an acute-care hospital providing comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and emergency services to Brockton and 22 neighboring communities. The hospital offers Centers of Excellence care in oncology and cardiology, specialized care in surgery, family-centered obstetrics with level-two nursery, substance abuse and advanced diagnostic imaging. Further information is available at

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