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Service Projects Spread Holiday Cheer in Community

In addition to toys and refreshments, The Cooper Foundation supplied cold weather gear for the children at the Holiday Party on December 17.

The Cooper Foundation, the community development and outreach arm of Cooper University Health Care, is holding a variety of holiday drives and service projects during the month of December. The projects include:

  • Cooper Holiday Party for Camden Children: The Cooper Foundation sponsored a Holiday Party on December 17 at 3 Cooper with refreshments and a visit from Santa. More than 300 children attended and received age-appropriate toys and books. Socks and mittens are hung on the tree as decorations, and all through the month, patients are able to select an item to take home. Foundation Board members Amanda Hartung and Kathleen Sweeney-Jass provided financial support for this initiative, organized by the Pediatrics staff. The Women’s Board of The Cooper Foundation also sponsors a Holiday Party for Cooper pediatric patients.
  • Holiday Meals: The Cooper Foundation is donating all the fixings for a warm holiday meal — turkeys, stuffing, gravy, and cans of corn, green beans and yams — and children’s books — to 150 families in Cooper Plaza and Lanning Square neighborhoods.
  • Adopt-A-Family: Through The Cooper Foundation’s partnership with Volunteers of America Delaware Valley, Cooper employees “adopt” 75 area families in need by purchasing items from their wish lists for all family members (clothing, toys, etc.) and providing a supermarket gift card.
  • Coats, Mittens and Scarves for Children: The Cooper Foundation collected more than 200 children’s coats, jackets, hats, scarves, mittens and clothes for children in Cooper Plaza and Lanning Square through employee donations. The items are donated to the area Civic Associations and to the Center for Family Services.
  • Canned Food Drive: The Cooper Foundation collected canned goods and other non-perishable items for the Food Bank of South Jersey through employee donations.
  • Cheers for Children Toy Drive: Shoppers can go online and donate toys and gifts for the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper when they shop on The Cooper Foundation Wish List on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is donating a portion of each order to Cooper.
  • Snowflakes in the Garden: Cooper Trauma Center organized its 5th Anniversary of the Season of Hope & Healing Celebration in the DiFlorio Family Healing Garden on December 4 with its beautiful snowflakes decorations, raising funds for the Trauma Family Support Group.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Holiday Party: Cooper’s NICU staff organized a Holiday Party for 25 families on December 14. Siblings of NICU patients received a special visit from Santa and gift, including children’s books.