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Glendale Memorial Hospital's Nancy Sumner loads a large box of gifts that were to be donated to families at Cerritos Elementary School. Hospital employees from 47 departments donated gifts for 28 families from the local school. (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer / December 19, 2012)

Glendale Memorial Hospital employees on Wednesday delivered gifts at Cerritos Elementary for 28 families who would otherwise go without presents this holiday season.

Forty-seven hospital departments spent the last two months buying gift cards, food, clothing and toys, spending from $300 to $500 on each family.

“Many of the departments decided to forgo their office party or gift giving for each other,” said Bonnie Butler-Sibbald, manager of volunteer services for Glendale Memorial. “I'm just so proud of this hospital and the departments for stepping up and taking care of a family that really needs the help.”

This year marked the highest number of families adopted since the hospital began gathering gifts for Cerritos Elementary families more than 10 years ago.

-- Kelly Corrigan, Times Community News

Twitter: @kellymcorrigan.