PALMER — Early this December, employees from all areas of the Baystate Health system collectively donated a variety of toys and other needed items for this year’s holiday toy drives. It was no different for the Baystate Wing Hospital team. For many years, team members have helped brighten the holidays for many families in need.
“Our Baystate Wing team looks forward to donating toys and gifts each year,” said Karli Barrett, vice president, chief Nursing officer, and chief administrative officer for Baystate Wing Hospital. “The holiday season can be particularly challenging for families facing hardships. We are so happy to be able to provide some holiday cheer to families in our own community. Giving not only lifts the spirits of the children we sponsor, it also fosters a sense of community for us all.”
Baystate Wing Hospital team members gave to 107 children from families living in Ware, Palmer, Belchertown, Brookfield, Brimfield, Warren, and other surrounding areas served by Behavioral Health Network. The children of various ages, who remained anonymous, shared their wish lists with caregivers from Behavioral Health Network, and the Baystate Wing ‘elves’ did the rest, resulting in more than 1,500 gifts donated.
“We are very grateful to have Baystate Wing as a partner during the holiday season,” said Ashely Brooks, clinical manager of BHN Valley Human Services in Ware. “Their team makes it possible for us to go above and beyond for our BHN families and communities. Our partnership has had a great impact on our clients, and we are all appreciative of the support we are able to provide during this time.”