Providence Helps: Donating Toys of Joy

December 19, 2016

Not all the staff and not even all the gifts given this year in the Providence Downtown Laboratory

Our downtown lab goes beyond the call of duty, especially when it comes to charity.

Let the good times roll!

Like many business that get into the spirit of Christmas, Providence participates in an adopt-a-child program to donate gifts to those in need. As a result, dozens of children who may have otherwise gone without a present receive a wrapped packages of love that match their wish list, all donated by employees.

The laboratory staff at Providence, though, has made it a tradition to go above and beyond in their giving. For more than ten years, the Providence downtown laboratory has adopted therapeutic foster children from the South Carolina Youth Advocate Program (SCYAP).

“The first year I brought a few wish lists in to see if anyone wanted to adopt a child. I thought people would go in together and we could adopt two or three children,” said a lab employee who asked to be unnamed (because the effort is the whole team’s, she says, not hers).  “I was blown away by the enthusiasm and the amount our co-workers did.  Even that first year, we sponsored 15 children, as well as collecting gift cards and cash for SCYAP to use for other children.”

A tightly packed sleigh...

The enthusiasm has continued every year since, and in 2016 they sponsored 20 kids.

“It usually takes at least two vehicles to deliver all the gifts,” said the lab employee who denies running the program. “It runs itself. I’m the contact person. I get the wish lists and make sure we the gifts get to SCYAP on time; but the lab employees do the work.”

Tt seems she’s right. There’s no hounding for participation or chasing down donations. In fact, some of the lab employees begin asking for wish lists as early as October. This year it took three vehicles to deliver the gifts which included five bikes, Beats by Dre headphones, tablets, American Dolls, clothes, shoes, coats, bedroom linens, gift cards, and more. 

“They truly demonstrate the giving spirit of Christmas by supporting and giving to less fortunate children who need it.”

It’s one thing to know someone is sick in your care and to give all you can to make them well, but to go to such great lengths to heal the spirits of people they will likely never see is compassion at its fullest. In some ways, there really is a Santa Claus.

For information about the South Carolina Youth Advocate Program, visit