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Holiday traditions continue throughout Baptist system

Baptist entities continued cherished traditions during the holiday season, hosting celebrations, decking the halls and helping to make the season a little brighter for those in need.

Baptist DeSoto partnered with Restoration Now to bring Christmas cheer to DeSoto County foster children. Team members from 28 departments adopted 36 kids.

Baptist Golden Triangle’s team combined parties, decorations and giving back to create another special time at the hospital.

  1. James Williams, environmental services, selects a slice of pie at the quarterly employee celebration. Baptist Golden Triangle’s administrative team served day and night shift team members homemade pecan, blueberry or apple pie along with hot chocolate, apple cider or coffee to celebrate the season.
  2. Brandy Ray-Bryant, RN, nurse manager for 4PT and Transitional Care, was the high bidder for two festive seasonal wreaths at the hospital’s annual wreath and door hanging silent auction. Hospital departments and individual team members donated 33 wreaths and door hangings for the event, which raised more than $1,000 for the Salvation Army Christmas Toy Drive.
  3. Dr. Christopher LeBrun, director of the hospital’s internal medicine residency program, presents toys to Keysha Sherrod, human resources assistant, for the Salvation Army Christmas Toy Drive.
  4. Lieutenant Christian Smith with the Salvation Army of Columbus, and Bobbie Robinson, Baptist Golden Triangle HR manager, load more than 200 toys and four bicycles donated by hospital team members or purchased with funds generated through the holiday wreath silent auction for the annual Salvation Army Christmas Toy Drive.
Santa (Chaplain Bill Jordan) and Frosty (Vickie Pitman, a nurse at Baptist Memphis) stopped by the hospital to visit with team members, patients and guests. They brightened the day for many.

Several departments at Baptist North Mississippi participated in a wreath decorating contest. Oxford Diagnostic Center Admissions took first place and SPS came in second.

Baptist Tipton’s volunteer auxiliary spent an entire day wrapping Christmas gifts to raise money for a scholarship fund for high school graduates entering the medical field.

Baptist Union City team members enjoyed a Christmas reception and luncheon, donated gifts and entertained Santa and his elves.

  1. Baptist Union City team members (l to r) Stacie Britt, Tessa Lockhart, Jill Hopper, and Susan Robertson served delicious desserts at a Christmas reception for staff, physicians and volunteers.
  2. Team members collected gifts for students who attend area Head Start schools and sent Santa Claus (retired maintenance team member Jerry Davis) to deliver them.
  3. Santa Claus and other staff members from The Waters, a rehabilitation and skilled nursing center in Union City, brought holiday cheer to the staff in the hospital’s emergency department.
  4. Teresa Vinson, retired director of quality, held her annual Christmas luncheon for staff and the community and provided tips on holiday entertaining.
The Good Samaritan Center received more than 200 pounds of canned and packaged foods and $600, which Baptist Union County raised during a food and donation drive. Pictured are: Linda Edwards, Stefenie Hodges, Elizabeth Cook, Faire Lee Hall, Kayla Hancock, and Good Samaritan Director Peggy Hitt.

The different areas in the metro-Memphis Centralized Business Office accepted a donation challenge and raised $255 for the Memphis Food Bank. Each dollar donated can buy 3 meals. “This is a loving and generous staff who wanted to help others and share what they had,” said Jane Spencer, a manager at the CBO.

Corporate employment services team members donated toys to patients who will have to spend Christmas at the Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children’s Hospital. When the children wake up on Christmas morning, they will have a wrapped gift under their bed.

Mississippi Baptist Medical Center celebrated Christmas early with some of Santa’s special helpers. Children from Bright Horizon’s Daycare sang and Ballet Magnificat! performers danced for team members. Heath Ferguson, director of pastoral care and faith relations, brought a special message that reminded attendees of the reason for the season. Hospital staff also presented Wingard Home with needed items and cash donations.

Baptist’s system community outreach team held its 10th annual Tree of Faith, Hope and Love event, during which attendees – all of whom are homeless – received a warm meal, a safe place to rest and a practical gift. Baptist team members and others bought gift items, such as socks, thermal undergarments, gloves, hats, scarves and toiletry kits. Kroger donated 100 gift cards valued at $10 each.