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Over 1,000 St. Luke’s employees forego holiday gift to support community organizations

By Sandra Forester, News and Community
April 22, 2020

Each December, St. Luke’s celebrates and appreciates employees and frontline managers for their hard work with a holiday gift.

A second option for the past three years has allowed employees to instead select a not-for-profit St. Luke’s partner organization to receive a financial contribution on their behalf.

This year, $20,300 has been distributed among nine organizations on behalf of St. Luke's team members. Numbers were tallied after the holiday gift redemption period closed in February. 

“It’s moving to see the number of employees who choose to donate,” said Sheri Wilson, program manager for St. Luke’s Talent Management. “I believe the donations are especially meaningful this year as many of these charitable organizations are stepping in to assist our communities during the coronavirus pandemic. Your small act will make a big impact – thank you!”


The organizations are:

  • St. Luke’s Children’s
  • St. Luke’s Cancer Institute (formerly MSTI)
  • 5B Suicide Prevention Alliance (The Crisis Hotline Idaho), Wood River Valley
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Ada County
  • Boys & Girls Club of Western Treasure Valley
  • Boys & Girls Club of Nampa
  • Elmore County Domestic Abuse Council
  • The Shepherd’s Home (McCall)
  • United Way of South Central Idaho, Twin Falls

“At St. Luke’s Health Foundation, we are fortunate to see firsthand and are humbled by the generosity of our employees every day,” said Carrie Mitchell, development manager for St. Luke’s Foundation. “The cycle continues as many of our staff selflessly opted to donate in lieu of their holiday gift, which in turn supports St. Luke’s patients, facilities, education, equipment and programs. In a time of uncertainty, with events such as the employee giving campaign postponed, every act of kindness makes a difference! In deep gratitude, we thank you."

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If you are interested in supporting St. Luke's right now, charitable donations to the St. Luke’s COVID-19 Response Fund support caregivers working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. They also help St. Luke's obtain resources critical to patient care during this unprecedented outbreak. Every gift makes a difference, no matter the size. Donate here.

About The Author

Sandra Forester works in the Communications and Marketing department at St. Luke's.