Baptist Health Care Teams Up with Santa to Provide Christmas Gifts to C.A. Weis Elementary School Students

Santa talking to children

PENSACOLA, Fla. (Dec. 17, 2021) – Nearly 500 cheering students at C.A. Weis Elementary School, a Community Partnership School in Pensacola, welcomed Santa Claus when he arrived this morning by firetruck. The special visit is part of the annual Christmas celebration sponsored by Baptist Health Care.

Team members across Baptist departments shopped for the students’ wish lists and brought snacks, games and activities to each classroom. Funds for the Christmas gifts and party are provided through the Helping Hands team member giving program of the Baptist Health Care Foundation, which is funded by generous contributions from Baptist team members across the organization.

“We were excited to be back in person with the children again this year,” said Maegan Leonard, development specialist, Baptist Health Care Foundation. “I think I speak for many of my colleagues when I say that this is one of the most special things we do as a team at Baptist. These children deserve much love and care, and we are grateful to be able to bring some holiday cheer to them before Christmas.”

Baptist has been hosting the annual Christmas party for C.A. Weis for more than 15 years.



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Baptist Health Care is a not-for-profit health care organization based in northwest Florida that is committed to helping people throughout life's journey. The organization is a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Baptist continuously strives to be a national leader in quality and service. Baptist Health Care includes three hospitals, four medical parks, Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and a large network of primary care and specialty physicians. Baptist Health Care is one of the largest non-governmental employers in northwest Florida.

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