The 350 employees of IPRO, a national, not-for-profit healthcare organization that works with government agencies, providers and consumers to improve healthcare quality, spread holiday cheer across Long Island this holiday season. IPRO employees donated more than 200 gifts and $2,000 to benefit three Long Island-based organizations: the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook; The Little Shelter Animal Shelter in Huntington; and LI Against Domestic Violence in Islip.
The project began in early December with a “Giving Tree” set up in IPRO’s Lake Success headquarters. This tree was adorned with paper tags describing a needed gift. When appropriate, the age, gender and size of the specific recipient was provided. Staff members who chose to participate were able to take tags and purchase the gifts requested. Alternatively, some employees choose to give cash or gift cards.
Once the gifts were collected, IPRO employees Denise Frangione, Managed Care Department, and Mark Ambrosius, Information Services, played Santa’s helpers, delivering the items to the three agencies.
In addition to the individual gifts, donated by employees, IPRO purchased and arranged delivery of full Thanksgiving dinners for every resident of the LI Against Domestic Violence shelter this year.