Palmdale Regional Hospital Helps to Make Easter Special for 400 Children

ANTELOPE VALLEY, Calif. -- Palmdale Regional Hospital pulled together to create nearly 400 Easter baskets to spread some love around for some very special recipients.

“Let me tell you, all we did was publish a flyer saying this is what we want to do as a hospital for Easter.  We want to support the foster care system and every employee in the hospital decided to challenge each other and come up with 378 baskets," said Jeanetta McDow, Director & Patient Advocate, Palmdale Regional Medical Center.

The organization that assisted in creating the baskets is the Department of Children and Family Services.

“It wasn’t very hard.  It was just setting the time of day and then reaching out to our staff and saying, ‘Please identify families that have kids that would like or need baskets.’," said Denise Harrell-McMillon, Eligibility Supervisor for Lancaster-Palmdale DCFS.

Virginia Flores, a DCFS client, and her family have hit on some hard times.  But, they say, DCFS has been there for them.

“They gave us support.  They helped us with family therapy counseling, especially with the loss of my dad, we were all lost.  We didn’t know what we were doing. But they had more support for us and they made us stronger and brought us all together like a family,” said Flores.

DCFS’ officials say they’re glad to do it, and glad for the happy Easter their clients will enjoy, courtesy, employees of Palmdale Regional Medical Center.

"Yes, in the spirit of Easter and resurrection and new life, we are so grateful to partner and bring some hope and new life to the families for children and families that we serve in DCFS," said Robin Younger-Holmes, Regional Administrator, Palmdale Department of Children and Family Services.

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