Hospital Offers Christmas Lunch to Patients and Families


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The holidays are a time for families to come together, even if some relatives are in the hospital.

That’s why Erlanger held a free lunch Sunday afternoon, so families wouldn’t be apart on Christmas.

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Some members of the B’nai Zion and Mizpah Congregations served food – from turkey to dessert – to the patients, their family members, and hospital staff.

Volunteers hope this events brings families some Christmas cheer during a difficult time.

“This is a way to celebrate and understand that this community in Chattanooga cares about one another, and that we’re here to provide them with food and a little comfort in the time of need,” said Kevin Spiegel, President/CEO of Erlanger Health System.

This is the third year Erlanger has been putting on this event.

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You can watch Emily Cassulo weeknights on News 12 Now at 6 and Prime News at 7 with John Mercer. Emily also does stories on different tech products and issues for Tech Byte, which airs Mondays on News 12 Now. She joined the WDEF news team in September 2016 from News 12’s sister station in Columbus, Mississippi, where she worked as an anchor, producer and reporter. Emily is no stranger to the Volunteer State. Before moving to Mississippi, she worked at WBBJ-TV, covering crime and severe weather throughout West Tennessee. She loves living in Chattanooga, and exploring what the Scenic City has to offer. Emily is a Florida native, graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in political science. While in college, Emily worked part-time as a reporter/web producer at News/Talk 96.5 WDBO. She broke her first news story there, which made national headlines, and covered the 2010 Central Florida congressional elections and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial. When she’s not busy reporting, Emily enjoys shopping, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to e-mail her at if you have any story ideas or just want to say ‘Hi.’