Christmas Basket Program

A grass-roots effort by GVMH Staff that began in 2004 has evolved into a Christmas tradition at GVMH and has taken on a life of it’s own.  The tradition is the Christmas Basket Program.

Here’s how the program works.  Departments, physicians and staff put together themed baskets.  Staff and visitors then buy raffle tickets for $0.50 each and place their tickets in a drawing for the basket of their choice.  Ticket sales end at 12:00 pm tomorrow, December 10, and the winning tickets will be drawn at 2:00 pm. 

Those purchasing tickets have the opportunity to win some great prizes.  There are 12 baskets and below is a list of what’s included in each basket.  As you’ll see these aren’t your ordinary gift baskets of fruit cake and hot chocolate. 

The best part of the entire program is that all money raised goes to the benevolence committee to assist GVMH staff who might have a need throughout the year.  There is no limit to the number of tickets you can buy so clean out your desk and your car ashtray, bring in those extra quarters and buy a few tickets.  You never know, it might just be you who wins a basket or receives help from the Benevolence Committee!

1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (part 1) – $650 cash, handmade sleigh, stuffed Grinch and Max, and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” book. QC/IC, Education, Pharmacy, Diabetes, Social Services, Wound Care
2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (part 2) – $650 cash, handmade sleigh, stuffed Grinch and Max, and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” book.  QC/IC, Education, Pharmacy, Diabetes, Social Services, Wound Care
3. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – $100 cash, 21 lottery tickets, KU ornament, 1 travel mug, 1 thermos, 1 tin of cookies, 4 pair socks, 4 mugs, cocoa, cookies, 2 pillow cases, 1 Minnie Mouse, 1 book “Night Before Christmas”, 1 sleigh and 1 stocking full of goodies. Home Services, Rehab Services
4. Baby’s First Christmas – 2 crocheted blankets, 1 quilt, set of camo booties, Christmas stocking, Christmas brag book, set of holiday mittens, 3 long-sleeved onesies, “Baby’s First Christmas” ornament, baby book, diapers (46), silver baby picture album, silver piggy bank with “lots” of cash. Birthing Center
5. Holiday Hodgepodge – A hodgepodge of Halloween (2 sheets of window clings, Jack-O-Lantern candle holder, 4 orange votive candles), Thanksgiving (BH & Gardens: tablecloth, 2 pumpkin table decorations, pumpkin spice candle, candle jar shade, platter and bowl)  and Christmas (2 ft tree, 8 ornaments, poinsettia light set, liquid burner set, flavored popcorn tin, Santa wall hanger, 2 striped candles, 2 candle holders, Santa ornament, Christmas wrap, 2 rolls of ribbon, tape, scissors, candy canes, 1 sock monkey, 1 camo Snuggie, 1 pink Snuggie, and lights) items. Radiology
6. Christmas Toys Past and Present – “Let’s Make Finger Puppets” book and kit, Blazing Trails Cars My Busy Books, Yo-Yo Gift set, Spider Man Fun Case, Dress Up Dolls Fashion Collection book, Nature Nesting Blocks (baby Einstein), Funny Fish hard back book (with eyes that glow), two hot wheels, original Slinky Junior, Stack Tower game, Reindeer Stuffed Puppy, Rubik’s Cube, Checker/Chess and Tic-Tac-Toe game, Porcelain Doll (hand painted), Stack Tower game, Stuffed Reindeer Puppy, Candyland game, Chutes and Ladders game, Yahtzee game, Glam Barbie Doll, Truck carry case with 15 cars (plus), “Little Mommy” baby doll, coloring books and crayons, Radio Flyer Wagon with all-terrain wheels and the original metal Slinky.  FANS


7. Christmas Family-Style – New theater tickets (KC) 2/24/11, Family Video gift card $20, Wal-Mart gift cards: $15, $20 and $25, Brown’s BBQ gift card $20, Panda Garden gift card $20.00, Sparkling cider, 2 PC Santa figurine, 3-Panel Picture Screen, Family Picture Frame, 2 Country CD’S, Scrapbook Kit, Fleece throws (set brown), Fleece throws (set green), candle, polo shirt XL, White Sage hand wash and hand lotion, potholder/towel/oven mitt, 3 PC Cutting Board, Fishing Line Clipper, Remington Lightweight Gloves, V-Sharp Knife and scissors sharpener, Black and Decker Pivot Driver, BSA Optics (Roof Prism) Binoculars, Mini Pretzels, Popcorn, Movie Theatre Candy, Hot Chocolate, DVD Toy Story 3, DVD Merry Madagascar, DVD  Cats & Dogs, Garanimals Memory Game, Toy Story Memory Game, 10 Animal Favorite Puzzles, UNO Flash, Travel Battleship, Football, Let’s Go Fishing Game and Princess Fishing Pole. Materials Management and Environmental Services
8. Cinderella Christmas – At the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City: Cinderella carriage ride for two to see the plaza lights, one night at the plaza hotel, $300 plaza gift card, metal Cinderella carriage, envelope with $100 cash. Clinton, Windsor, Warsaw GVMH Medical Clinics
9. Christmas Diva – 1 hour massage from Linda McIntyre, 1 Lower Lash Eye Enhancement by Judy Barnes, $50 Free Lia Sophia Jewelry from Meg Beebe, $20 Gift Certificate for The Cutting Edge by Mary, $ 40 Avon Certificate from Phyllis Stout, 1 Manicure (with Paraffin) from Eve’s Nails, 1 Pedicure (with Paraffin) from Eve’s Nails, Lotion Made Especially for You from Meredith Doll, 1 Brick of “Sentsy”, 1 Bottle of OPI Nail Polish, 1 Nail Kit, Note pad with binder and Pen, Sunglasses, Stylish Ring, Bracelet, and Stylish Purse. 2 East and3 West
10. Money Tree – Decorative Christmas Tree with $400 cash. Dr Clouse, Endo, Nuclear Med, Ultra Sound
11. Cooking Up A Warm Christmas – BBQ grill, picnic basket with plates, cups and silverware, 3 pc BBQ tool set and $60 Wal-Mart gift card. Admitting, Business Office
12. Waiting For Santa – Basket, handmade afghan, Perfect Pet puppy, character mug and cocoa, 2 5-hr energy drinks, cranberry nut cream coffee, cocoa, sugar cookie herbal tea, Jolly Time popcorn, tin of wafers, cappuccino, “The Blind Side” DVD, cozy socks, dog bowl, 6 D cell batteries, disposable camera, Christmas oven mitts and potholders. House Supervisors, PCS

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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