Twas the week before Christmas and the tables in the conference rooms at Resident Home Association were filled to overflowing with beautifully wrapped gifts with ribbons and bows, some quite small and some quite large – each one representing the truest meaning of the holiday season. For the staff of Dermatologists of Southwest Ohio a big part of Christmas every year is filling those tables with gifts for people served by RHA who might not otherwise have gifts to open on Christmas. These most generous of Santa’s helpers have been making holiday wishes come true for more than five years. It started out with a few of the staff deciding to celebrate their holidays by giving of themselves to others. That sense of generosity proved contagious and the result can be seen in all the bags and boxes sitting on the tables waiting to be delivered just in time for a most joyous Christmas for those at RHA who don’t have their own families or finances to provide gifts. Just about everyone at the Dermatologists of Southwest Ohio is now involved in their annual holiday effort, from providing funds to purchase gifts, to going out and shopping for gifts that meet the individual needs and wishes of residents, to all the time spent in wrapping all those gifts, each one with a name tag so that each person knows the gifts are meant just for him/her.
Go to another part of the RHA office just before Christmas and you’ll find counter tops filled with bags of holiday gifts for several of our homes and residents the result of the personal generosity of 100+ staff of the claims department at CareSource.
Volunteer David Casey brought holiday cheer to RHA’s Piedmont Home when he hosted a holiday dinner for the residents and the staff, noting how important it is that staff have the opportunity to be served during this special time of year, in recognition of the service they provide throughout the year. David provided dinner for 15 that included his mother’s homemade German potato salad, cole slaw, chicken and more. One of the most meaningful gifts we received this year was the service of David and his daughter Christina, who adopted our Piedmont Home.
Volunteer Tim Riazzi adopted RHA’s Springmill Home this year. After gardening and landscaping during the summer and fall, he celebrated the holiday season with our Springmill ladies by purchasing holiday decorations and then decorating the home for the holidays. He and his wife Barb also joined us as Art Patrons for our 2013 Art & Soul art exhibit.
That generosity of spirit can also be seen in the faces of Lisa Fairchild (l), Michelle Ortel, and Geri MacCrimmon. They joined other staff at Choices In Community Living in giving back to the community during the holidays by filling barrels with food for The Dayton Food Bank, something they do two times a year. The three ladies know just how important family is. Lisa and Michelle are Geri’s daughters. Geri is the friendly voice that answers the phones and handles office duties at Choices, while Michelle is Choices’ Billing Specialist and Lisa is involved in Human Resources, IT, staff training and more.