Jodi Whitaker

Circle of Love Staff Volunteers Rewarded by Giving Back to Community

Published: Dec 7, 2012

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 7, 2012) - Early Friday morning, while many children are busy in school, Santa and his UK HealthCare volunteer elves will load up more than 800 presents and deliver them to children in need in Fayette County and eight surrounding counties as part of UK HealthCare's Circle of Love program.

 

This year marks the 26th anniversary of the program, organized each year by UK HealthCare's Volunteer Services Department and implemented by a very devoted Circle of Love Committee, composed of UKHC employees.

 

When Santa helps pack up the hundreds of packages to deliver throughout Central Kentucky, he is doing the easy part. To get to that part, program volunteers have spent endless hours sorting toys, matching them to children's wish lists, wrapping them and organizing them for what they hope will be an easy - and exciting - distribution.

 

Marti Sale, administrator for UK HealthCare's Department of Psychiatry, has been involved with the Circle of Love program since 1988. For Marti and the many other volunteers, the program is a labor of love.

 

"I think it's wonderful," Sale said. "I will do this as long as I'm at the University - and even when I'm not at the University, I'll come back to help.”

 

Sale said that each year, to make the Circle of Love work, UK HealthCare comes together as a community as itself to help others.

 

"We read off each other," Sale said. "We work together to make sure all the names (of children who need gifts) get taken, that every child has something they want, that one child in a family doesn't receive more than another in the same family. It's a big job, but it's a job that's tremendously rewarding."

 

Bonnie Thornton, director of UK HealthCare's Volunteer Services, said she continues to be impressed and amazed each year by the generosity of not only the UK HealthCare employees who donate toys, but by the hard work and dedication of the many volunteers who make this program happen.

 

"Without our UK HealthCare Circle of Love Staff Volunteer Committee, it wouldn't matter how many toys are donated - we simply would not be able to get all these toys into the hands of the children without them," Thornton said. "Holiday giving isn't just about presents and toys - it's about giving of yourself to help others. UK HealthCare Circle of Love Volunteers and employees do just that year after year - they give generously of their time to make sure these kids have a happy holiday. Simply put, in my opinion, this committee is the best."

 

Sale said that, even though they aren't there when children receive their gifts, there's a tremendous feeling of relief - and excitement - when the gifts leave campus for their various schools.

  

"I get cards after Christmas every year, and they all say thank you very much," Sale said. "They can be from children, parents, grandparents…they all appreciate it. They tell me it's wonderful that there are people in the world who do what we do.

 

"That's what it's all about - helping your fellow man," Sale added. "That's what makes it worthwhile."

 

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December
 
1
Resumes and Cover Letters
Circle of Love Gift Return
Mon
2
UK Guitar Studio
Circle of Love Gift Return
Tue
3
Networking and Job Search
Internship Info Session
LNFS Presents: Wayne's World
Study Sounds: Classical Concert
Wed
4
LNFS Presents: Frozen
Ballet Music of Tchaikovsky
Circle of Love Gift Pick-Up
Live Screening of Orion Spacecraft Re-entry
Massage on the Go
Thu
5
LNFS Presents: Winter's Bone
LNFS Presents: Gremlins
Open Studio
Circle of Love Gift Pick-Up
Fri
6
Snow Skiing @ Perfect North Slopes
Sat
7
Free Holiday Shopping Shuttle to Fayette Mall
Sun
8
Undergraduate Research Information Session "How to Find a Faculty Mentor"
Mon
9
Job Club - Identifying Your Skills
Paws for Stress Relief
Tue
10
 
Wed
11
 
Thu
12
Last Day of Classes
Fri
13
 
Sat
14
Free Holiday Shopping Shuttle to Fayette Mall
Finals Treats
Sun
15
Final Exams
Crunch Brunch
Mon
16
Final Exams
Jazzy Holiday Concert
Tue
17
Final Exams
Caregiver Support Group
Wed
18
Final Exams
Thu
19
Final Exams
End of 2014 Fall Semester
Fri
20
 
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