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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
2003-12-31 communities
PBH employees bring holiday cheer

Among those assisting in Paul B. Hall's Christmas Basket Drive were Keith Murry, RN, his wife Lisa Murry of Kentucky Social Service, and Mike Lazar. (click for larger version)
PAINTSVILLE Throughout 2003 employees at Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center conducted fundraising projects...not for themselves but to help bring holiday cheer to families and children throughout the area. Employees held contests, auctions, contributed money for the privilege of wearing jeans on Fridays, among other projects, raising almost $8,000 for their Christmas fund.

Helping to fill Paul B. Hall's Christmas baskets were Sherri Blair, Julia Knight, RN, and Kim Wooten. (click for larger version)
Last week their efforts paid off as the PBH Employee Christmas Committee filled more than 200 Christmas baskets with turkey gift certificates (donated by the hospital), fruit, canned goods, 50 pounds of potatoes, candy, soft drinks, stuffing, rolls and numerous other goodies for the entire family. Off-duty employees gathered in the hospital cafeteria Tuesday morning to fill the baskets, then load them on trucks for distribution.

Local social service agencies supplied the names of needy families while agency staffers made the home deliveries.

These same agencies also supplied the names of 19 children whom Paul B. Hall employees "adopted" for Christmas, purchasing gifts of clothing, back packs, toys, school supplies and other gifts for them.

"Christmas is going to be a lot more meaningful for all of us this year because we were able to do something special for others," said Samantha Castle, the hospital's Human Resources Director and one of the driving forces behind the holiday activity.

Hospital Administrator Debbie Trimble was effusive in her compliments to her employees. "We have a special group of employees here at Paul B. Hall," she noted. "They want to serve others in any way they can. I am thrilled at what they have been able to do this year in raising money and giving so much of themselves to others. I am proud of each of them who worked so hard on this project."

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