It's the season for giving back.

    While the holiday season ushers in good tidings and fun for employees at RiverView Health, it also brings with it the importance of giving to those in need in the communities that RiverView serves. Therefore, employees of RiverView Health have been participating and sponsoring many events to benefit our community.

    • On Dec. 6, RiverView Health employees packed 300 boxes at the North Country Food Bank in Crookston.

    • As the holidays approach, 11 departments at RiverView Health participated in the Polk County Social Service’s Adopt a Family Program. Employees in each participating department donated or held fundraisers to purchase items off of wish lists for deserving families throughout the RiverView community. Ten families received gifts. While RiverView has participated in the program for several years, this year marks RiverView’s largest participation in the program, said Amy Seaver, RiverView clinic coordinator and coordinator of RiverView’s 2012 Adopt a Family campaign.

    • RiverView held a Soup and Chili Cook-off Dec. 12 to raise funds for the North Country Food Bank’s Backpack Program. Canned goods were also taken at the event to be given to the Crookston Community Food Basket Program. More than $600 was raised for the Backpack Program. The winners of the Soup and Chili Cook-off are as follows: 1st place – Tom Reff’s “Pork and Hominy Chili”; 2nd place – Ross Matlack’s “Rio Rosso”; 3rd place – Patient Financial Services’ “Cha-Ching Cheeseburger Chowder”; Best Decorated Table – Kathy Benda’s “Wild Woman Chili”.