Luthercare Partners with Kiwanis Club of Lebanon to Deliver a Very Merry Christmas

Luthercare Partners with Kiwanis Club of Lebanon to Deliver a Very Merry Christmas

In what has become an annual Christmas tradition, Luthercare helped the Kiwanis Club of Lebanon deliver a wonderful Christmas party for children in need this holiday season.

Luthercare deeply values its ties to the greater communities it serves and encourages team members to become involved in local community organizations, such as the Kiwanis Club. Luthercare team members have been active participants in the Kiwanis Club of Lebanon for more than a decade, with several team members serving on the club’s committees, as committee chairs, on the board and even as club president.

The Kiwanis Club of Lebanon’s annual children’s Christmas party is a very meaningful event for children who are served by several local agencies, including Children and Youth, HOPES Resource Center and Mentor A Mother. Luthercare has supported the party, both financially and with team member support, for the last six years. The party originally served about six children, but since Luthercare began to help manage the party, the number of children served has increased significantly, says Lorita Valente, a Luthercare employee who is Director of Child Care Information Services of Lebanon County and a past-President of the Kiwanis Club of Lebanon.

This Christmas, Luthercare team members and Kiwanis members shopped and wrapped gifts for 47 children in preparation for the party, which was held on December 15 at Hebron Hall in Lebanon. The Club allocates about $50 per child, so every child receives two or three presents.

The party also includes a meal for the children and their family members or caregivers and a very special visit from the man of the hour – Santa Claus (who happens to be portrayed by Brian Volpone, who works in Luthercare’s Information Services Department as a Network Support Specialist). The children sing “Jingle Bells” to usher in Santa’s arrival, and Santa’s elves – Luthercare team members – call each child to the front of the room to visit with Santa and receive their gifts.

“For many, Christmas is not a time of cheer and joy. This is a wonderful way to give back to the community, to help those who are less fortunate or are in a tough spot to have a happy Christmas,” Valente says. “The proof of what this party does is seen in the sheer joy these children experience when Santa calls their name and they receive their gifts.”

The event is also a wonderful way for Luthercare team members to live out the organization’s mission and values – to serve children with compassion and integrity, work together as a team and connect with another organization that is doing wonderful work within the community, Valente notes.