Jan 12, 2015 10:00 AM

Author: Cancer Learning Center

The volunteer room at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) felt like Santa’s workshop this past December, with holiday music playing, gift wrap and ribbon strewn everywhere, and staff members busily wrapping presents for HCI patients and their families.

Every year, HCI’s Hope for the Holidays program helps patients who are not only struggling with cancer but also need financial help. HCI employees donated 450 items and more than $500, which benefitted 87 individuals. Gifts included needs such as coats, boots, cookware, and kitchen appliances, and wish list items like games, toys, camping supplies, scrapbooking materials, DVDs, and CDs.

“The Hope for the Holidays program helps so many patients and their families during one of the toughest times of the year,” says Blanca Raphael, Volunteer Services coordinator. “Because of the staff’s continued support, we are able to keep the program going strong.

“This year we involved HCI staff in the gift wrapping process,” adds Blanca. “I was amazed to see the number of employees that signed up to help. We are so thankful to everyone who donated and participated.”

Cancer Learning Center

Huntsman Cancer Institute

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