All services will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd, and Friday, November 24th.
We are thrilled to be celebrating Baby’s First Holiday this year in person!
Your financial support goes directly to purchase goods for gift bags filled with onesies, bibs, socks, hats, and books. Thanks to your generosity, we are able to purchase Market Basket gift cards for our families, as well as assorted diapers!
In 2022, your donations totaled over $13,000, and we were able to fill 125 gift bags, as well as purchase $25 Market Basket gift cards for 200 families and over $2,000 worth of assorted diapers! Help us raise even more this year to support our families.
After 4 years, we will finally be back in person this year to celebrate. and with your support, we’ll be raffling off some larger, much-needed items such as strollers, pack and plays, and car seats too!
27 years ago, one of our OB nurses recognized that quite a few of our new mothers lacked basic newborn needs. She started out to change that and Baby’s First Holiday was born, growing to an annual event to brighten the holidays for our LCHC moms and their newborns. The party includes gifts for the babies, raffle items such as strollers, pack and plays, gift baskets and Market Basket gift cards for the moms. We serve a meal, offer cookie decorating for siblings, and a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
All of this was made possible because we received donations of money and baby items from our community.
During the pandemic, we cancelled the in-person party to keep everyone safe. Though we weren’t together in person, we still set a goal to raise $4,000 to provide a sleeper, book, bib, hat and $20 Market Basket gift card for families to be handed out to new moms in OB, Pediatrics, and Moms Do Care during the month of December. In 2020 and 2021, you raised $6 ,000 and $7,000, and in 2022, you raised over $13,000! Thanks to you, we were able to purchase 200 Market Basket gift cards for $25 instead of 100 gift cards for $20, and many more diapers. All of those supplies have gone to excellent use!
This year, we delivered 536 new babies into our world! At Lynn Community Health Center, 95% of our families are low-income and more than 60% live under the federal poverty line. Many have yet to rebound fully from the economic devastation of COVID. At least one third struggled to put food on the table this year, many more have struggled to pay rent.
Leftover funds are used to purchase additional gift cards and they are a life saver for our social workers! At LCHC when a nurse or staff person learned a pregnant or new mom has no food in the house, a social worker is contacted. The social worker then will connect our patient to the appropriate services. In the meantime, the Market Basket Gift Card allows the patient to purchase some food supplies immediately.
Any amount you can give to help us toward our goal is so much appreciated!
I have been working with pregnant women for 25 years. I work primarily with the Hispanic community. Most of these women come from Central America; especially to be more exact, they come from Guatemala. Telling the story of one of them does not seem fair to me, because they all have a story of suffering, poverty and resilience to tell the world.
First of all, in order for them to come in this country, they have to leave their children in care of someone in their family in order to build a better future for them. Other women decide to flee their country due to domestic violence or sexual abuse at a very young age. Everyone has to find a way to get here, they have to borrow money to pay the person who brings them here; and many times they are sexually abused on the way here.
When they arrive, they have to get a job so they can pay off their debt, send money to their children, and stay here. Despite the language barrier and all the inconveniences they encounter, they get by because they are resilient. They cry for a while, they complain for a while, but then they dry their tears and go out to find support for their families.
A few years ago I met an extraordinary woman. She came here very young, got married, had her children and decided to earn a better future for them. Although she did not know how to read or write, she decided to get her driver’s license because for her it was essential, so she would take her children to school and could go to work. She told me that she went more than 10 times to take the exam on the computer and pay each time she took it. One day she came to the office with a big smile to tell me that she finally had her driver’s license. This woman did not mind being illiterate, she decided to go after her driver’s license until she got it. Like her, there are many resilient women who come to our health center.
As I said at the beginning, it’s not fair to tell a single story, when everyone has a story to tell. A story of hard work, sacrifice and pain, but also a story of resilience and joy. LCHC is a place where we try to help all these women as best as possible. I feel very proud to be able to work in this institution. Every December we bring a little joy to these mothers and their children with my baby’s first Christmas. On behalf of all these mothers and their children, I thank you for all the help and happiness you bring tot them.
Maria Merced, OB / CM, CLC, CHW, OB Team Case Manager
At Lynn Community Health Center, we provide comprehensive health care to everyone in our community, over 40,000 patients per year in Greater Lynn. From prenatal care through school-aged youth, from young adults and parents to Senior Care, our 650 staff (150 of whom are board-certified/eligible clinicians) work together with compassion, dedication, and excellence. To us, health is more than a scheduled well-visit with your PCP, it’s fully integrated Primary and Behavioral Health care with access to many support resources with culturally competent and well-trained staff, many of whom are from or live within our Lynn communities.
Your support enables our staff to fulfill this mission every day, to everyone, in every stage or season of living.
Your continued support enables us to fulfill our mission.
Donate now or learn more about contributing in other ways.
Seeking more information?
Contact Paula Mejia, Director of Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 781-596-2502 x2778.
LCHC is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
LCHC’s Taxpayer Identification Number: 04-2525066.
Other Ways of Giving
When you give to the Annual Fund you are putting your gift where it is needed most. Your gifts enhance patient care and services which include patient education and support services; childhood literacy promotion through our Reach Out and Read program; “Centering Pregnancy” groups for women in our maternal services program; support groups for survivors of domestic violence; cooking and nutrition classes; and equipment and technical support.
Make a gift in honor of a friend or loved one to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or special occasion. We will notify the honoree of your thoughtful gesture.
Make a gift in memory of a deceased friend or loved one. When making your memorial donation, please inform us of the name of the deceased and next of kin to be notified of your gift.
Many companies will match employee and retiree contributions to healthcare. Check with your employer. Your employer’s human resources department can provide you with a form to initiate the matching gift. Send the form with your gift to us and we will process the corporate match on your behalf.
Leave a lasting legacy that benefits Lynn Community Health Center’s many programs and services by remembering us in your will. Bequests may be in the form of real estate, property or cash.
Gifts of publicly traded stocks enjoy special tax benefits. Contact the Development Office to learn more about how to donate publicly traded stocks or download instructions for transferring securities to our General Fund or our Capital Fund.
Real estate and property may be given as an outright gift or by bequest.