December 21, 2022
For 64 years, the employees of St. Joseph Hospital have turned out in force the week of Christmas for their annual Christmas Basket Project. This unique and special endeavor has allowed struggling families throughout greater Nashua to have presents under the Christmas tree – and this year was no exception. This year, the employees supported 59 local families, which included 110 children, 78 adults, and 11 aged-out foster youths.
Each year, the hospital works with local schools, social service agencies, and parishes to identify families who need assistance during the holiday season. Along with gifts for the whole family including toys, bikes, sleeping bags, electronic games, and warm clothing, each family also receives enough food to prepare meals for the Christmas holiday, including a turkey.
The Christmas Basket Project was founded by the nursing students and faculty from the original St. Joseph School of Nursing and over the years, has expanded to all departments of St. Joseph Hospital. This effort truly exemplifies the spirit of love, sharing, and family from all employees of St. Joseph Hospital and how their mission to provide compassionate care extends beyond the physical walls of a building.