Dozens of Glendale Memorial Hospital staff members Monday set aside their stethoscopes and medical charts to serve the community in a different capacity.
Arms loaded with packages and bags, they made trip after trip to the hospital's main lobby until it was piled high with gifts intended for needy families at Cerritos Elementary School.
"We are fortunate enough to have a Christmas we can count on, and it's the least we can do to all pitch in just a little bit to make sure somebody else has even a hint of the joy we are having with our own families," said Glendale Memorial nurse Abby Lloyd Sabin.
For more than a decade, the hospital has maintained a partnership with Cerritos Elementary, said Bonnie Butler, manager of volunteer serves at Glendale Memorial. Each Christmas, departments within the hospital "adopt" an economically disadvantaged family from the school, committing to provide the family with a full Christmas experience.