“I think it’s great for the kids and the parents.” – Robin Drew with her 1-month-old son Cameron
“That’s Santa! That’s Santa! Momma, that girl’s dressed like a penguin!” – Jarel Barrows, 4
For the last seven years, the Department of Orthopædic Surgery Oncology Service has arranged a special holiday visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus and their penguin friends to pediatric patients within the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology on Yawkey 8B, the inpatient units on Ellison 17 and 18, and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. On Dec. 17, surgeon Kevin Raskin, MD, along with patient services coordinator Paula Francois, and Orthopædic trauma administrative assistants Aimee Lydon and Christie Hilgendorf, delivered more than 50 gift bags and cards donated by staff from Orthopædics, Imaging, Nutrition and Food Services, Buildings and Grounds, and the MGH Gift Shop.
Crystal "Cris" Moore, administrative assistant to Raskin, and Jeannette Harvey, patient services coordinator, organized the visit. Marie Fowler, a friend of Moore's, made the pillowcases used to wrap the toys. Ryan O'Connor and Dan Ballentine with Buildings and Grounds helped arrange for the transport and delivery of the toys.
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