Kelsey-Seybold Spreads Holiday Cheer at Annual BakerRipley Harbach Campus ‘Holiday Connect’ Event with Massive Toy Drive Donation

Santa made a special stop at BakerRipley Harbach Campus for its annual “Holiday Connect” event, which was held on Dec. 11.  Kelsey-Seybold leadership, physicians, and employees donated more than 500 gifts valued at approximately $12,500, which were distributed to beaming children and their grateful parents. Families invited to attend “Holiday Connect” are clients of BakerRipley Harbach Campus, which provides community-based programs that benefit youth, families, and seniors living nearby.

Children sit with Santa after receiving their holiday gifts during BakerRipley’s “Holiday Connect” event.

The donations filled the Harbach Campus gymnasium. Toys, books, games, diapers, and other necessities were wrapped for each child. Families attending the event received their gifts and spent time together celebrating the holiday season.

“Kelsey-Seybold physicians and employees are the most generous people I know,” said Tony Lin, M.D., Kelsey-Seybold’s Chairman of the Board of Managers and CEO. “BakerRipley Harbach Campus does a lot of good in the community, and this event is always well-attended and a wonderful way to end the year. We’re proud to sponsor the gift donations and know that the children affiliated with this community-based organization will enjoy something a little extra special this holiday season.”

Rodrigo and Antonia Varela receive their presents at BakerRipley’s “Holiday Connect.”

BakerRipley extended the invitation to attend this event to more families than ever before.  Approximately 250 children received gifts – that’s a lot of smiles on a lot of little faces.

“These gifts mean a lot to these families. We are in an underserved area. Kids may get gifts for the holidays, but they may not get many. Some of these families may not have the means right now to purchase gifts otherwise,” Milton Guardado, manager of community development at BakerRipley Harbach Campus said. “This event helps us stay connected to our community and helps ensure that everyone we serve can get excited about the holiday season.”

In addition to the gift giving, the event included a petting zoo, pony rides, carnival rides, and food.

Brea Martin has her face painted under the watchful gaze of her brother Mason.

“Today’s event has been very fun. The kids are having a great time,” said Lauren Posado, a parent and Kelsey-Seybold patient.

Nicole Nada couldn’t be happier with her gift from Santa.

The BakerRipley Harbach Campus staff expressed their gratitude for the role Kelsey-Seybold played in helping the “Holiday Connect” event come to life.

“This event and gifts are a great help for parents,” said Lucia Merrin, community resource specialist. “They are so thankful to Kelsey-Seybold, as this may be the only gift some of these kids will receive.”

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