SALINAS, CA, December 20, 2013 – Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) is celebrating the holiday season with patients and visitors though-out the month of December. Several programs offered though SVMHS Volunteer Services reflect the spirit of the season.
Every baby born at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital during the month of December goes home adorned in a red hat. Volunteers donate their time and talents to hand knit the caps with baby soft red yarn. This year volunteers knitted 177 red hats which are being distributed to patients at SVMHS getting the best gift of all during the holidays – a new addition to the family. Volunteers are needed year round to help with the red hat project. Volunteer Services provides the pattern and yarn for knitters contributing their skills to dress-up SVMHS December babies.
The Remembrance Tree is another popular holiday tradition at SVMHS. The Remembrance Tree is decorated with beautiful white angels and is displayed on a rotating stand in the surgery waiting area. Families can purchase an angel ornament for five dollars to honor a loved one. The angels with personalized names remain on the tree through January 3rd and are later mailed to the person who made the tribute. The money raised supports the SVMHS Service League Volunteer group and patient support programs.
If you are interested in participating in the Red Hat or Remembrance Tree program, call SVMHS Volunteer Services at 831-755-0772. Learn more about volunteering opportunities at SVMHS at www.svmh.com/volunteering.