Northeast Valley Health Corporation patients receive toys, visit with Santa

By Christina Cox

Last update: Sunday, December 11th, 2016

The magic of Christmas was alive and well at the Santa Clarita Health Center, a Northeast Valley Health Corporation (NEVHC) center, Friday when children received special gifts from Santa Claus himself.

“They’re so excited and some of them are seeing Santa for the first time,” said Judy Shay, marketing and communications manager for NEVHC.  “It’s really gratifying to be part of this.”

In its 20th year, the two-week NEVHC Toy Drive and Santa Visits Program distributes toys to more than 1,000 newborn to 10-year-old patients at seven of the organization’s 14 health center in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys.

“It makes a huge impact on the families and kids,” said Kurt Cabrera-Miller, chairman of the NEVHC Board of Directors and a former behavioral psychologist.

Patricia Quinteros, left, as Mrs. Santa Claus hands out an Elmo play set to Andrew Alas, 2, at the Santa Clarita Health Center in Canyon Country on Friday.  Dan Watson/The Signal
Patricia Quinteros, left, as Mrs. Santa Claus hands out an Elmo play set to Andrew Alas, 2, at the Santa Clarita Health Center in Canyon Country on Friday. Dan Watson/The Signal

Every child at each of the toy drive locations receives a new toy worth at least $10.  The toy drive is supported by donations from corporations, officials, businesses, community partnerships and NEVHC employees.  According to Shay, 50 organizations contributed to this year’s holiday celebration.

“This is the first year when we’ve had everything donated,” she said.

For many of NEVHC’s patients, the toys they receive are the only gifts they receive all year.

“Sometimes a Mom is thanking Santa and crying because she wouldn’t have been able to give a Christmas present to her kids this year,” Cabrera-Miller said.

Employees of the location also get involved in the holiday spirit, sporting Santa hats, elf ears, festive aprons, Christmas ties and other holiday apparel.

“The employees are volunteering their time,” Shay said.  “They love to help out and see the children smiling.”

NEVHC has three health center locations in the Santa Clarita Valley, in additional to its mobile unit and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) centers, and plans on opening an additional center in Newhall in 2017.

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Northeast Valley Health Corporation patients receive toys, visit with Santa

Anthony Stewart, 3, left, gets a bag of goodies and a set of toy trucks from Santa (Jesse Arroyo) as Mrs. Santa Claus (Patricia Quinteros) Gabrianna Stewart and one-year-old Anthonitis (cq) Stewart, look on at the Santa Clarita Health Center toy give-a-way in Canyon Country on Friday. Dan Watson/The Signal

The magic of Christmas was alive and well at the Santa Clarita Health Center, a Northeast Valley Health Corporation (NEVHC) center, Friday when children received special gifts from Santa Claus himself.

“They’re so excited and some of them are seeing Santa for the first time,” said Judy Shay, marketing and communications manager for NEVHC.  “It’s really gratifying to be part of this.”

In its 20th year, the two-week NEVHC Toy Drive and Santa Visits Program distributes toys to more than 1,000 newborn to 10-year-old patients at seven of the organization’s 14 health center in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys.

“It makes a huge impact on the families and kids,” said Kurt Cabrera-Miller, chairman of the NEVHC Board of Directors and a former behavioral psychologist.

Patricia Quinteros, left, as Mrs. Santa Claus hands out an Elmo play set to Andrew Alas, 2, at the Santa Clarita Health Center in Canyon Country on Friday.  Dan Watson/The Signal
Patricia Quinteros, left, as Mrs. Santa Claus hands out an Elmo play set to Andrew Alas, 2, at the Santa Clarita Health Center in Canyon Country on Friday. Dan Watson/The Signal

Every child at each of the toy drive locations receives a new toy worth at least $10.  The toy drive is supported by donations from corporations, officials, businesses, community partnerships and NEVHC employees.  According to Shay, 50 organizations contributed to this year’s holiday celebration.

“This is the first year when we’ve had everything donated,” she said.

For many of NEVHC’s patients, the toys they receive are the only gifts they receive all year.

“Sometimes a Mom is thanking Santa and crying because she wouldn’t have been able to give a Christmas present to her kids this year,” Cabrera-Miller said.

Employees of the location also get involved in the holiday spirit, sporting Santa hats, elf ears, festive aprons, Christmas ties and other holiday apparel.

“The employees are volunteering their time,” Shay said.  “They love to help out and see the children smiling.”

NEVHC has three health center locations in the Santa Clarita Valley, in additional to its mobile unit and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) centers, and plans on opening an additional center in Newhall in 2017.

ccox@signalscv.com
661-287-5575
On Twitter as @_ChristinaCox_

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Christina Cox

Christina Cox

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.

Christina Cox

Christina Cox

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.