Last month, we were contacted by a HealthNet physician who also works for the Regenstrief Institute. The staff at Regenstrief were in the planning stages of a Holiday Fund drive and wanted to direct the gifts to our patients in need this holiday season.
This week we ventured over to collect dozens and dozens of NEW toys, stuffed animals, books and MUCH MORE! They had even collected donations and had a bake sale to raise additional funds for our families being served by HealthNet’s Better Indy Babies and Healthy Families programs. They raised over $700 that will go into an emergency fund so our case workers can provide food, clothing, heating assistance, and even those last minute Christmas items for a child who otherwise would not be getting anything.
When I contacted them over at BIBs/HF…here was their response….
“Wow, that is great!!! We have been scraping the barrel
to try to get things at the last minute for families.
This is such great news!” -Denise Kaspar
“We have so many patients that were turned away from United Christmas Service and all the other resources have met their deadline. So donations like these are some family’s last resort. I already have 15 referrals for today and many, many phone calls. I am going to load the cart up in my truck and I will be over very soon. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!! I just love the magic of Christmas” – Benita Mullins
MANY, MANY THANKS to the staff at Regenstrief Institute – you truly made a difference in the life of a child this holiday season!!
There is still time to help!!
You can learn why a Holiday Helpings Drive is vital to furthering the HealthNet mission or what is on our Holiday Wish List! With warm weather lingering, the cold is still to come. All of our BIBs & Healthy Families participants along with the homeless individuals served by our Homeless Initiative Program will need help beyond just the holiday season. You can contact us about running your own drive by calling – 317-781-4918, every little bit helps!