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Mission in Motion- Serving at the Christmas House

Published February 2, 2015

Serving others is deeply part of the Providence Mission. Even though we serve others every day in our jobs, the Senior Leaders at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett felt compelled to reach outside of the walls of our hospital and begin to serve at other meaningful organizations in our community. We are proud to present a new series that tells the stories of Providence Leaders showing our Mission in Motion.

Preston Simmons, chief executive, and his team (from left to right) Bo Bodrak, security, Lori Vocca, human resources, Eva Szyszka, finance, Mersedeh Schmidt, nutritional services, Leighann Pavek, medical surgical and Michael Pirkle, rehabilitation, volunteered their time at the Christmas House in Everett, WA on Dec. 12, 2014.

During their time at the Christmas House, they sorted, decorated, organized and guided shoppers through “Santa’s Workshop” as parents were given the opportunity to choose free gifts for their children. Mersedeh was able to be a “personal shopper” and walk along side some of the families as they carefully chose each gift. “It was wonderful to see the smiles on the parent’s faces—I was able to share in their joy.”

Christmas gift can easily be taken for granted but volunteering at this event definitely helped change some perspectives. “The number of individuals who can’t afford even the smallest gifts for their children was surprising. Assisting families pick out Christmas gifts for their children was my favorite part,” said Bo.

We hope that these stories encourage and inspire all Providence caregivers to volunteer in one way or another in our community.