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  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom


    Sporting a bouncy Santa hat, 11-year-old Autumn Thompson of Litchfield rolls out a cart full of gifts for the needy following a blessing Thursday, December 22, 2011, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua.
  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom


    Volunteers Bob and Christine Mondi of Nashua pack up gifts for the needy following a blessing Thursday, December 22, 2011, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua. She is a physical therapist at the hospital.
  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom


    Volunteers try to negotiate a corner with a cart full of gifts for the needy following a blessing Thursday, December 22, 2011, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua.
  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom


    Volunteers Kim Bernard and Trevor Nelson, both of Nashua pack up gifts for families in need following a blessing Thursday, December 22, 2011, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua. Bernard is also an employee at the hospital.
  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom


    Volunteers try to negotiate a corner with a cart full of gifts for the needy following a blessing Thursday, December 22, 2011, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua.
  • Staff photo by Bob Hammerstrom


    Volunteers Kim Bernard and Trevor Nelson, both of Nashua pack up gifts for families in need following a blessing Thursday, December 22, 2011, at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua. Bernard is also an employee at the hospital.
Friday, December 23, 2011

St. Joe’s helps 75 families in Greater Nashua with annual Christmas Basket Project

NASHUA – Employees at St. Joseph Hospital delivered gifts and food Thursday morning to 75 local families with more than 200 children as part of the hospital’s annual Christmas Basket Project.

St. Joseph Hospital works with local schools, churches and social service agencies to find families who need help during the holidays, and employees from all departments pitch in to buy gifts for the families, including bicycles, sleeping bags and warm clothing.

Each family also receives a turkey donated by the hospital and enough food to prepare meals for Christmas. A produce company in Manchester also donated potatoes, apples and oranges.

The employees buy the gifts and often offer to help year after year, said Sheila Caron, marketing specialist at St. Joseph Hospital.

The gifts and food are placed in baskets, and volunteers drive out to Nashua, Hollis, Milford, Londonderry and other spots in Greater Nashua to deliver them to families.

Caron said Thursday’s delivery was exciting, as always, with plenty of enthusiasm from employees.

The Christmas Basket Project has been part of St. Joseph Hospital’s annual holiday season for 52 years.

Cameron Kittle can be reached at 594-6523 or ckittle@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Kittle on Twitter (@Telegraph_CamK).