NORTH POLE VISITORS: Patient Naysha DaSilva talks with Santa and his penguin helpers.
‘Twas two weeks before Christmas, and all through the inpatient pediatric units at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), children were cheering because Santa Claus had come with presents galore. While Santa’s reindeer were resting, patient services coordinators Aimee Lydon and Christie Hilgendorf pitched in as penguin helpers, pushing carts full of toys donated by MGH employees.
For the last six years, the Department of Orthopædic Surgery’s Oncology Service has arranged the holiday visit. The department collects toys and donations from other MGH employees and sorts the goodie bags by age group and gender, says Cris Moore, administrative assistant to Kevin A. Raskin, MD, director of the Musculoskeletal Oncology Fellowship Program, who plays a special role in the visit each year. The department receives generous donations from several areas including Buildings and Grounds, Imaging, Nutrition and Food Services, and the Gift Shop.
Maria Schreib, patient scheduling coordinator, and Jeannette Harvey, patient services coordinator, also helped Moore collect, wrap and deliver the gifts for the Dec. 13 event. Moore’s friend, Marie Fowler, sewed 80 holiday pillowcases for the department to use as gift bags.
“It is our pleasure to prepare and participate in this activity,” Moore says. “The joy the families show on our visits encourages us to keep focused and do more each year.”
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