Gift Tag Tree ensures gifts for patients at NBRHC

Kendra Clarke and Taylor Mueller, NBRHC Foundation staff members hanging patient’s wish tags on the giving tree.

NORTH BAY – More than 100 patients at the North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) will
receive a gift on Christmas morning this year, thanks to the Gifts for Patients program. The gifts
are presented to patients recovering from mental illness without family involvement, at the
North Bay and Sudbury NBRHC campuses.
In November two Christmas trees decorated with tags requesting specific items were set up in
the cafeteria and in the main lobby at the hospital. The tags list wishes from long-term patients
at the hospital, who would otherwise not receive a gift on Christmas. Staff and visitors select
tags and purchase gifts for these patients.
“Christmas can be a very lonely time. Having a gift to open on Christmas morning means so
much to patients whose families are not able to visit during the holidays,” said Laurie Wardell,
Director, Addictions & Mental Health. “This annual tradition allows our staff and Health Centre
visitors to express genuine kindness through gift giving.”
The Gifts for Patients program has really caught on, with more than 100 patients providing a
wish list for the tags this year compared to 66 patients last year.
“We sincerely thank those who take time to pick up a tag and drop off the corresponding gift.
We are grateful to all the employees and visitors who have helped us to ensure that everyone is
included in the spirit of the holidays,” said Tammy Morison, President and CEO, NBRHC
Visitors to NBRHC have until Dec. 17 to select a gift tag, and newly purchased, unwrapped
gift items can be dropped off at the Foundation office at the Health Cent

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