The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today that more than $100,000 in toys, other presents and prepaid gift cards were donated by its employees to more than 300 local families in need this holiday season through the organization’s annual Adopt a Family program.
In partnership with Family and Children’s Association – a Mineola-based nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and strengthening vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities on Long Island – the program enabled employees to donate wrapped gifts that met the unique needs of the struggling families to which they were donated.
“Our clients were overwhelmingly grateful for the generosity and compassion shown by North Shore-LIJ’s employees,” said Jeffrey Reynolds, president and CEO of Family and Children’s Association. “The holidays are a particularly tough time for families in periods of crisis. These gifts made a sizable and significant difference in the lives of dozens of families by truly bringing the holidays to their homes.”
Mr. Reynolds presented Family and Children’s Association’s “Hero of the Month” award to North Shore-LIJ at a special recognition event on Jan. 15. Dozens of North Shore-LIJ’s Adopt a Family department coordinators were on hand to receive the award and hear stories about the joy that resulted from their collection efforts and the donations of health system employees.
Among the recipients were families that came through the programs of Family and Children’s Association: Families Ties, which offers case management, advocacy and counseling for families whose children are at risk of foster care placement; and STARS, which serves unaccompanied migrant minors to help them access children's services and alleviate homelessness and poverty.
“Importantly, while the families we support through these programs have significant needs, they often don’t reach out for help,” Mr. Reynolds said.
“It’s extremely rewarding to be able to make a difference in the lives of families that are suffering hardships, particularly during the holidays,” said Michael Dowling, president and CEO of North Shore-LIJ. “I’m so proud of all the employees across the health system who contributed to this worthy cause and brightened the holiday season for those less fortunate.”
Through an integrated network of services and counseling, Family & Children’s Association provides help and hope to underserved and disadvantaged individuals struggling to build better lives. The organization helps approximately 20,000 Long Islanders each year.
About North Shore-LIJ Health System
One of the nation's largest health systems, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 19 hospitals and more than 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,400 beds, employ nearly 11,000 nurses and have affiliations with about 10,000 physicians. With a workforce of about 54,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest private employer in New York State. For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com.