Local apartment complex brings Christmas to children at St. Mary’s


Abbey Court Apartments in Evansville partnered with the St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation and the St. Mary’s Center for Children to help brighten the spirits of local children this holiday season.

Abbey Court Apartments and their parent corporation, Samaritan Companies in Indianapolis, conduct a toy drive every year and generously give the donated toys to a local non-profit organization during Christmas time. On Monday, December 9th, Santa Claus, along with elves from Abbey Court and Samaritan Companies, delivered these toys to children receiving care at St. Mary’s Center for Children.

Abbey Court Apartments and Samaritan Companies collected $7,500 worth of toys, which included legos, Barbies and stockings full of more toys and candy. They also gave the kids sports jerseys, pillows and blankets. And, there was Yoo-hoo, water and Christmas cookies for everyone to enjoy after sitting on Santa’s lap.

“We love doing this for the kids,” said Teresa Sturdivant, Regional Director of Samaritan Companies. “I love to see the smiles on their faces. That’s what makes this toy drive worth it each and every year.”

“911 Gives Hope always does such a great job of distributing toys to kids who are hospitalized during the Christmas season,” said Rick Peltier, Director of St. Mary’s Foundation Operations. “This year, thanks to the generosity of Abbey Court and Samaritan Companies, we were also able to donate toys to kids who visit us on an outpatient basis.”

Abbey Court and Samaritan Companies also delivered toys to children on St. Mary’s Pediatric Unit and dropped off toys at the Ronald McDonald House and Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center in Evansville.