The volume of Christmas decorations, food and gifts in the lobby at Glendale Memorial Hospital surged Wednesday as staff members stopped by to contribute to the heap. But the items were not meant for an internal holiday party — rather 25 Cerritos Elementary School families too poor to celebrate the season without assistance.
“Whatever you have, you recognize how much others don’t and it just makes you feel a little bit better about aiding and assisting in the community,” said Michelle Galanti, an exercise physiologist.
Glendale Memorial Hospital has been providing Christmas for local students for more than two decades, said Bonnie Butler-Sibbald, manager of volunteer services. It is one facet of a long-running relationship between the two institutions.
This year, 35 different departments adopted 25 Cerritos Elementary families. The annual event is consistent with the hospital’s larger mission of service and stewardship, Butler-Sibbald said.
“Children are the most vulnerable, the most affected by the holiday when they don’t have something to open,” Bonnie Butler-Sibbald said.