Growing up in Moldova, a small country between the Ukraine and Romania, Anastasia Novik remembers getting a Samaritan's Purse box every Christmas.
Novik, an administrative assistant for Medical City McKinney's behavioral health services, is sharing that memory and the impact the gift boxes had on her life with Medical City McKinney's nurse leaders on Wednesday, November 27. Nurse leaders selected Samaritan's Purse for its annual holiday giving and filled 57 boxes for kids ages 2- 14.
“I was one of nine kids and my dad was the only parent working,” Novik said. “My siblings and I would each get a box. I was so excited when the box contained a hat or scarf, an item I really needed. It also had fun items like a doll or coloring books.”
Novik received a Samaritan's Purse box given to the most needy kids every Christmas from age 7 until she left Moldova for the United States at age 13.
As she helped shop to fill the boxes for needy boys and girls around the world, Novik said, “I felt like my life had come full circle. I am so grateful to be able to shop for these kids. The impact a hat and gloves makes on a child that needs the most basic items is incredible.”
Medical City McKinney's nursing leaders select a charitable cause every year to support, as part of Medical City Healthcare's mission to care for and improve human life.