“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
–Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol
We often refer to Christmas as the season of giving or the season of love, but as Ebenezer Scrooge learned with the help of some rather convincing ghosts, the Christmas spirit is supposed to live in our hearts all year long. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas. I have a tree in almost every room. I have a beautiful Santa collection, and several nativity sets decorating my home. But when the trees and stockings come down, and the Santas and nativities are packed away, I’d like to think I keep that giving and loving spirit alive all year.
Just like you, I volunteer my time, and pledge my funds throughout the year, trying to make a difference to others. I share the spirit by cooking meals for people who are sick, serving on the board of trustees for Lourdes University, and volunteering with various charities and at my daughter’s high school. Why is this important, and how does this spirit of giving make such a difference?
Because it offers hope.
Working as a consultant for the past couple of years, I have seen ProMedica offer that hope in many forms. Here are some of the memorable stories of hope:
Cancer patients are receiving hope for recovery through the Healing Care program, which provides services like massage, aromatherapy and guided imagery to help them get through treatment, and release stress.
Teens with disabilities have hope for a more independent future, thanks to a program called Project Search.
A surgical team from Flower Hospital offered hope to a 3-year old boy from a Palestinian settlement in Lebanon when they donated their time and talents to give him a cochlear implant. That gift of hearing gave his mother hope that her son would have a brighter educational future at home, where services for the deaf are not readily available.
And mental health patients have hope for a more stable future through HARP, the Hope and Recovery Pets program, which pairs patients with pets from the Toledo Area Humane Society. The pilot program has been so successful they’re expanding the service!
There are too many examples to name them all, but you get the idea. By offering these unique programs and services, ProMedica offers hope, and changes lives for the better every day.
In “A Christmas Carol,” Ebenezer Scrooge learned that he had the power to save Tiny Tim’s life with his gift of hope. We all have the power to inspire that hope in others every day, and when we do so, we honor the spirit of Christmas all year long.
For 20 years, Chrys Peterson was the face of WTOL news, anchoring the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. She is now a correspondent for ProMedica HealthConnect and spokeswoman for Friends for Life, a monthly newsletter for women that offers health and wellness advice with a focus on cancer prevention.