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Hands and Hearts aims to make the season merrier

The program is now accepting gift cards so Asante families can enjoy shopping for their loved ones.

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With the price of gas and groceries soaring, the need to help struggling employees is greater than ever. That’s why the Hands and Hearts program, born in the aftermath of the devastating fires of 2020, is continuing to help employees and their families for a third holiday season.

Led by ARRMC Volunteer Services, Hands and Hearts has helped many employees during times of hardship and unexpected emergencies throughout the year. It even helped an employee get a pair of shoes needed to start work at Asante.

“We’ve revised the program to accept gift cards on behalf of recipients to make it more equitable and anonymous, allowing parents to have the pleasure of shopping for their families,” said organizer Lorry Shlitter.

So far, representatives from more than 17 departments, Corporate, the Call Center, Asante Physician Partners and Pharmacy have given to the program, which services employees from across the organization.

If you know of an Asante employee who could use some help this holiday season, submit an application by Dec. 9 and email it to [email protected] or drop it by the Volunteer Services office across from ARRMC Administration.

“Please do not feel that you are limited to submitting the name of only one employee,” Shlitter said. “We realize this has been a difficult year and we want to open the selection process to as many as we can.”

Want to sponsor an employee or an employee’s family, either as an individual or a department? Post this flyer in breakrooms and share in staff meetings.

A selection committee will meet soon to decide on which Asante families to assist this year.

The group is asking that people donate gift cards only this year to ensure equitable distribution among all the employees selected as recipients. Gift cards should be brought to Volunteer Services no later than Dec. 16.

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