The Gift


For a number of years GVMH’s Rehab and Wellness Department has carried on a tradition of helping a person in need at Christmas time.  Each year the recipient of the gift has no idea it’s coming and each year the appreciation of the gesture is overwhelming.  I was copied in on the below email from Rachel Boyles, Director Rehab and Wellness Services, last week.  I removed the name of the recipient but the name isn’t important, the act and the gesture are heartwarming.

Here’s the email Rachel shared with the staff of the department.

I had the opportunity to hand deliver one of the gift cards to our Christmas project recipients last week.  Very thankful we have such a caring and compassionate team that is motivated to raise these funds and work for an organization that supports us in doing so.

The family I had the chance to meet were the XXXXX’s from Warsaw.  The husband came in to meet me at the clinic and became a bit emotional and very thankful when I handed him the envelope.  Hugs all around and a nice moment.  He thanked me and left but didn’t open the envelope I gave him.

His wife had been waiting in the car and was apparently the one who opened the envelope.  She had her husband bring her back to the clinic about 30 minutes later.  She said she couldn’t stop crying when she saw the gift card and her husband had to drive her around and get her a coke while she gathered her emotions.

When they returned they were again super thankful and full of hugs.  What was the most humbling moment for me was when she told me that she had just come from the doctor and she was prescribed a medication for her chronic lung disease that she could not afford.  She was planning on spending the $400 we gave her on the newly prescribed medication.  She and her husband both said to me that they believed if they did good for others and kept a positive attitude, they would be blessed as well.  They lost their home, all of their clothing and goods, but had each other and enough money to get her prescription and she was over the moon!  Whatever your religious beliefs or affiliations may be, I think we can all agree, this is what Christmas is really about.

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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