Kaiser Permanente Shares Christmas with Lake County Fire Victims

South San Francisco, CA                                   December 22, 2015                 Submitted by Joe Fragola, Kaiser Permanente   

Santa with Clearlake volunteers

Santa with Clearlake volunteers

In keeping with the holiday spirit this year, the physicians, staff and employees at Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco gathered for their annual holiday luncheon, but this year rather than give out small gifts among themselves, they chose to help the children victimized by the Valley Fire in Lake County this past year.  The donation of $5,000 went to the Clear lake Youth Services Center (Valley Fire area) to help provide a holiday party for the families and children this past Sunday, December 20th.

“We are honored to be able to make the donation to Clear Lake Youth Services who provided shelter and food to so many victims during the Valley Fire,”  said Helen Archer-Duste, COO and Chief Nursing Officer, Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco. “Their goal is aligned with ours, to help families affected by the Valley Fire have a better holiday this year and give them hope to look forward to a brighter future.

SSF Kaiser brings joy to those in need

SSF Kaiser brings joy to those in need

Close to 400 people were able to share the holiday spirit and participate together in arts and crafts, a festive meal and to everyone’s joy and surprise, a visit from Santa himself who provided each of the children with a gift. What made this event so special is that just a couple of months ago these families lost everything.  Without the gift from the  physicians, staff and employees at KP South San Francisco this event may not have been possible. 

According to Joyce Overton, Executive Director of Clear Lake Youth and Senior Service Centers, many of these people were sheltered throughout the days during and after the fire and came together to become more of a family than just a community. “There are no words for the appreciation we have from your organization,” said Joyce Overton. “It truly brought tear to my eyes.”

Santa's visit delighted all!

Santa’s visit delighted all!

“The physicians, staff, and employees wanted to make a difference this year, especially for children in need. They immediately thought of the children affected by the Valley Fire who won’t have homes to celebrate Christmas,” said Martha Gilmore, Medical Group Administrator, KP South San Francisco.   “We are so proud of this decision and in our hearts celebrate with these families and children, wishing them a beautiful holiday.”


1 comment for “Kaiser Permanente Shares Christmas with Lake County Fire Victims

  1. Vangie Cade
    December 22, 2015 at 10:31 am

    It warms my heart to see joy in the hearts of these children. Just knowing that I helped a little bit will now make my holiday season more meaningful! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Lake County!

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