Region Roundup - January 1, 2017

Courtesy of The Times of Northwest Indiana • January 1, 2017

By Times Staff

Hospital brings holiday cheer

MICHIGAN CITY — About 29 less fortunate families were provided with holiday food and gifts, thanks to an annual Christmas basket program at Franciscan Health Michigan City. The program has taken place for more than 40 years. The hospital conducted a basket blessing program, which included singing of carols and refreshments, after various departments’ employees selected families and purchased gifts. Following the blessing, the baskets were delivered to the homes by the sponsoring departments. Some 176 gifts also were donated to Family Advocates in LaPorte, an agency that serves abused and neglected children, as well as to the local Salvation Army angel tree.

NorthShore Christmas

MERRILLVILLE — NorthShore Health Center held its Santa’s Big Bash at Chuck E. Cheese’s. Families from NorthShore Health Center’s Family Care Coordination program were invited to the free event which included pizza, toy raffles, games, entertainment and a visit with Santa in a fun-filled atmosphere.

Through a sponsorship from MDwise and donations from Babies R Us, each family received developmentally appropriate toys, clothing, shoes and other special gifts to put under their Christmas tree or include in their annual family traditions. Families also received education on well child checkups, immunizations, baby tooth decay, car seat safety, safe sleep practices, early intervention, women’s and men’s annual health screenings and holiday safety tips.

Ham delivery

Michigan City Men’s Exchange Club delivered hams to Catholic Charities and to Michigan City Salvation Army for the holiday season.

POP’s Holiday Celebration

GARY — Project Outreach and Prevention on Youth Violence Foundation, a nonprofit group founded by Dr. Michael McGee and Dr. Reuben Rutland, partnered with Methodist Hospitals to assist the homeless and low-income veterans at NWI Veterans Village.

Rutland shared POP Foundation’s mission with the group, brunch was served by local students and various residents shared their gratitude for veterans. More than 40 “winter packs” were given away to the veterans, which included a coat, hat, gloves and socks to help keep veterans warm this winter.

Giving back to community

MICHIGAN CITY — The men and women of Vanair Manufacturing Inc. supported local charitable organizations this season by providing 3,778 pounds of donated food. In addition, through substantial contributions, the employees were able to help six families with donations of clothes, toys and other non-perishable items.