Vermont Business Magazine The White River Junction VA Medical Center (WRJ VAMC) has collaborated with the Department of Children and Families (DCF), Hartford District Office for thirty-three years, providing holiday gifts for children within the foster care system. Each year, DCF employees work with the children and provide their wish list to the WRJ VAMC. The employees take time to select a child or two to ‘adopt’ for the holidays in hopes of making their dreams come true.
This year, the WRJ VAMC employees provided gifts to 80 local children living in foster care. Meghann Brough, VA Social Worker took the lead organizing this year’s gift delivery. “The light in a child’s eye is all it takes to make the holidays a magical time of year” quotes Brough. “This is the definition of why this event has been going strong here at the VA for 33 years. Each year we receive wish lists from the children living in foster care and we then have an ‘adoption day’ where individual employees or departments can adopt a child to purchase gifts for.” Brough says that on their adoption day there is a line down the hall to her office which shows how much the employees enjoy participating to make a difference for these children. “It truly is an event that brings us all together. It amazes me to see all of the gifts and all of the generosity.”
The employees at the DCF Hartford District Office work closely with the children to prepare their holiday wish list and sometimes try to coach them on what is realistic to ask for, but ultimately the children will write out what they truly desire. Some VA employees will group together and choose that child who asks for a tablet or a laptop in hopes that these gifts will help a child find pure joy the moment they unwrap their gifts. “It isn’t about anything other than doing what is right for the children.” says Brough.
Source: WRJ VAMC 12.5.2017