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LGH’s Baskets of Bounty Await Your Perusal

December 6, 2018

Raffle tickets for sale at Lowell General Hospital for Sun Santa baskets put together by hospital departments on display Wednesday. Here, Yanina Riley of Lowell, an interpreter at LGH, puts a ticket in the "Smart Home for the Holidays" basket. SUN/Julia Malakie Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

“It’s like magic to me,” Roberts said. “We’re very fortunate to have friends and participants every year. They work so hard and it’s all-in for every department. It gets more and more exciting every year.”

Between raffle ticket sales and the hospital’s matching donation, last year’s event raised $150,375, according to Roberts. Proceeds benefit families in need during the holiday season.

Lowell General Hospital’s Chief Operating Officer Amy Hoey said this is an event the hospital looks forward to each year to support a great cause. And while raffle tickets can be purchased online or in person, Hoey urged those who are able, to see the baskets at the auditorium.

“You have to see them in person to really understand the magnitude and magnificence of them,” Hoey said. “There’s always great anticipation for the drawing.

Descriptions of the raffle baskets can also be found online.

This year’s Sun Santa co-chairs are Philip and Daniel Donahue. Christmastime has always held a special place in their family, especially for Philip Donahue, who was born Christmas Day.

“We feel great we’re helping a lot of families,” Daniel Donahue said. “We had great examples in our mother and father (Nancy Donahue and her late husband, Richard) and giving back to the community.”

Debhinn Watts and David Hall, both in Volunteer & Concierge Services at LGH said being able to participate in this makes them feel connected to the community and proud to work for an organization that is excited to give back.

“The generosity of all the departments here is phenomenal,” said Bruce Robinson, the hospital’s philanthropy chair. “There’s creativity, there’s thought and there’s all different things to appeal to people. I mean, there’s a kayak for heaven’s sake.”

Other prizes like a diamond necklace, camping gear, scratch tickets, spirits, tools and more. All 34 baskets are worth more than $27,000, according to Watts.

“It’s really great,” said Terry McCarthy, president of Sun Santa Charities. “This is one of our biggest projects and we really appreciate what the friends of Circle Health and Lowell General do to help the community.”

Below are the dates and times in-person purchases of raffle tickets can be made:

Thursday, Dec. 6 & Friday, Dec. 7: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8 & Sunday Dec. 9: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 10 & Tuesday, Dec. 11: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 12: 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

For more information or to purchase raffle tickets online, visit www.lowellgeneral.org/SunSanta .

To keep up to date with all Sun Santa news, visit www.lowellsun.com/SunSanta .

Follow Kori Tuitt on Twitter @KoriTuitt.

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