MEDITECH Staff Spreads Holiday Cheer to Needy Families

Employees from MEDITECH’s Georgia, Massachusetts, and Minnesota offices band together to help underserved children and families in their communities.


The most overwhelmingly humbling experience. That’s how Lynn Backner, a development manager at MEDITECH for 25 years, describes delivering donations of toys, clothing, and other gifts to underserved families. The recipients’ gratitude, she said, makes an impression on her every year, but one moment stands out.

“I recall one woman crying with joy as we kept coming in and out of her home with gifts,” said Backner. “You could tell she was struggling for the words; she just stood there in awe.”

Backner joined more than 1,000 MEDITECH staff in this year’s Holiday Giving program to help those in need. A grassroots effort started by a handful of staff in the late 1990s has now grown to assist nearly 60 underprivileged families and more than 100 children.

“Over the years I have donated and dropped off the gifts, and each time, it is simply amazing to see the tremendous generosity of our own MEDITECH families,” said Backner. “The boatloads of donations just take your breath away.”

The program has also been an annual tradition for Marketing Editor Tracy Gavel. “I think those of us who participate in Adopt-a-Family realize how lucky we are, to be in a position to help others,” she says.

“Many of us have seen how family illness, a lost job, or other circumstance can dramatically alter the course of people’s lives. Coming from a family culture like MEDITECH’s, we know how important it is to give back to our communities — in the same way we hope others would help us, if we ever needed it.”

In recent years, staff from our Georgia and Minnesota offices have also joined in. Collectively, MEDITECHers have provided food, personal hygiene products, and other necessities for such charities as the Italian Home for Children, Rosie’s Place, and the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Jennifer Ahern, a supervisor in MEDITECH’s Client Services division, grew up in Quincy, Mass. She is glad that some donations are going to benefit that city’s Germantown Neighborhood Center.

“I have a friend who teaches in Germantown, so I know firsthand how much these families need our help to make it through the holiday season. Just knowing that I am helping kids who otherwise may not have gotten anything for Christmas, and putting a smile on their faces, makes it all worth it!”

Watch the video to see how our staff organizes the many donations, in time for holiday delivery.