OWATONNA, Minn. — Since 2010, Mayo Clinic Health System – Owatonna employees have participated in the “12 Families for Christmas” program, bringing the holiday spirit to 12 separate families identified by Transitional Housing of Steele County. Employees from various departments adopt a family and together they purchase gifts and other necessities to spread the joy of the holiday season. Those gifts were given Dec. 18 in Owatonna.
Since incorporating in 2000, Transitional Housing of Steele County has helped safely house over 1,100 homeless individuals. This year, in addition to the employee program, Mayo Clinic Health System was able to make a donation to the organization to assist with operations and programmatic support.
Lesa Anderson, a nurse administrator at Mayo Clinic Health System who helped to implement the “12 Families for Christmas” program says, “This special event with the help of Transitional Housing of Steele County unites us in a special way.”
“I cannot emphasize enough what a difference this will make for our families, many of whom are working, but struggling to make ends meet,” says Julie Anderson, Executive Director of Transitional Housing. “We are proud to partner with Mayo Clinic and are deeply grateful to the clinic staff for reaching out to these families in their time of need.”
Beyond the gift of toys and basic need items, Mayo Clinic Health System has also given Transitional Housing additional support to help families in need of eviction prevention. “This gift will help us to keep families housed this winter, safe and warm,” says Anderson. “No words will ever be enough to describe our gratitude.”
Mayo Clinic Health System staff participate in 12 Families for Christmas. Pictured are Logan Dolton, Sara Meyer, Carrie Braulik, Sara Higgins, Shelly Ryan, Jennifer Bettenberg and Mark Verhey.
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