Social worker organizes Christmas boutique

By Sheila Gray – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) – Employees at Christ Hospital are spreading Christmas cheer to some women who would otherwise not receive a gift, and it all started with one woman's kindness.

Amanda Jackson is a social worker at Christ Hospital who saw a need in the community, and rallied her co-workers to fill it.

She says the Christmas boutique is a way to share Christ and the season with elderly.

"I think it's very easy for people to get excited about children and making Christmas magic, and we've forgotten our elderly people."

Every year Amanda organizes a boutique where elderly women from local senior groups and churches can pick out a Christmas present.

"Many of these ladies, this is the only gift they'll receive this Christmas," says Amanda.

Angela Allen of City Gospel Mission says, "We could never afford to provide all the gifts for all the needs that are out there, at the holidays, especially. It's totally encouraging that other people have the same vision for helping the needy. It's a total blessing for us."

The partnership between Christ hospital and City Gospel Mission started about 10 years ago when Amanda reached out. Now more than a hundred employees at the hospital are involved in the Christmas boutique.

Nurses on the geriatric floor help by gathering gifts and preparing the food...

Amanda says, "By doing things like this, showing love and Christ, people can feel special even though they've got issues that can't be solved."

As a social worker, Amanda has seen resources for patients dissolve over the years, but leading the Christmas boutique is one way she and her co-workers can pass along the spirit of the season.

"It's really nice to see them smile and they get excited, and seeing them go into the store to pick their gift, it's a little like children, which is fun to see and a lot put it on their calendar a year in advance because they really look forward to it.  It's really a good feeling, it's the biggest birthday party of the year, for Jesus, everyone should be invited."

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