Day Kimball Healthcare’s (DKH) fourth annual Warmth & Wellness Holiday Drive collected over 50 cases of personal care and warmth items during the holiday season to benefit those in need across Northeast Connecticut.
“Day Kimball Healthcare has a long history of caring for those in our community,” said Kyle Kramer, chief executive officer, Day Kimball Healthcare. “Our annual Warmth and Wellness holiday drive is an extension of this tradition, and each year gives an incredible boost to the local organizations committed to serving those in need.”
The drive was held throughout December and into the first week of January. DKH employees and the community collected and donated hundreds of much-needed items including various toiletries, blankets, hats and mittens for children and adults.
Donated items were distributed to Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG), Interfaith Human Services of Putnam’s (IHSP) food pantry and clothing closet, the DKH Family Advocacy Center, and DKH Behavioral Outpatient Services on Thursday, January 28.
“We are so thankful for the DKH Warmth & Wellness Holiday Drive which provides needed items to our neighbors in the winter months; items that are not covered in other programs but are necessary to those we serve,” said Anne Miller, executive director, TEEG. “This is a clear example of the way we work together in Northeast Connecticut to help wherever we can.”
“A huge thank you to everyone who supported this year’s drive,” said Kristen Willis, director of development, Day Kimball Healthcare. “The compassion of our community and our employees, especially during these challenging times we all face, never ceases to astound me. As we made the deliveries to the recipient organizations, it was extremely rewarding to see their gratitude and to know that we helped make a difference in the broader health of the community we serve.”
Since the Warmth & Wellness Holiday Drive began in 2017, more than 180 cases of personal care and warmth items have been collected for local charitable organizations in Northeast Connecticut.
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Kristen Willis, Director of Development, Day Kimball Healthcare delivers items collected from the DKH Warmth and Wellness Holiday Drive to the team at DKH’s Family Advocacy Center.
Kristen Willis, Director of Development, Day Kimball Healthcare and DKH Facilities employees Brian Hawes and Brian Blackmar deliver a variety of personal care and warmth items to Anne Miller, Executive Director, TEEG at the TEEG office in Thompson.
Kristen Willis, Director of Development, Day Kimball Healthcare and DKH Facilities employees Brian Blackmar and Brian Hawes deliver personal care and warmth items collected from DKH’s Warmth and Wellness Holiday drive to Ann Kathi Peterson, Program Director, IHSP, to be distributed through the Interfaith Human Services’ food pantry and clothing closet.
Kristen Willis, Director of Development, Day Kimball Healthcare delivers donated personal care and warmth items to the outpatient behavioral health team at Day Kimball Healthcare.