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Published on December 20, 2013

Jewish Volunteers Continue Tradition of Helping Hospitals at Christmas


For the 36th year, Jewish volunteers will staff the information desks, gift shops and cafeterias, and deliver meals to patients so that Christian healthcare workers and volunteers at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital and Wesley Long Hospital can spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with their families.

“Outstanding patient care and terrific service to visitors and families are our highest priorities every single day of the year,” says Moses Cone and Wesley Long Hospital Director of Volunteer Services Bob Bessey. “But this wonderful gesture also allows many employees and volunteers to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with their families.”

“Volunteering at the hospitals on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day has become a tradition of giving in the Jewish Community,” says Jewish Family Services Director Betsy Gamburg. “After 36 years, we have long-time volunteers working beside their children. It’s a great way to live the Jewish virtue of doing a ‘mitzvah,’ a commandment to serve and to do a good deed.”

Jewish Volunteer Services coordinates the more than 150 expected volunteers. ” Our volunteers look forward to this chance to help and serve others. We truly get back more than we give,” says Jewish Family Services Volunteer Coordinator Gail Bretan.

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