Friday, December 23, 2011

Brightening the holidays

'TIS THE SEASON: MGHfC patient Simone receives a gift from Santa.

There may be no place like home for the holidays – but staff at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) do their best to brighten the season for both inpatient and outpatient pediatric patients. From visits with Santa Claus and local sports stars to holiday bingo and Chanukah craft-making, each year MGHfC child life specialists coordinate a month full of festive activities.  

Many of these events are made possible through the generosity of local organizations. One such event is the annual Angels Above holiday party, held Dec. 15. During the party, patients, families and employees enjoyed refreshments in the Ellison 18 playroom while Santa Claus traveled from room to room distributing bundles of donated toys, games and treats. Angels Above has sponsored the holiday party since 1996.

“It’s really nice what they do for the kids,” says John Cartales, father of 13-year-old patient Simone. “The care here has been excellent.”

Other special donations included a Dec. 2 delivery of more than 500 toys from Ayesha’s Angels, a charity established to support young patients undergoing cancer treatment, as well as a Dec. 15 annual drop-off from the Conroy family of stockings filled with goodies. The stockings, which will go to children staying on inpatient floors during the holidays as well as children receiving treatment in the Hematology-Oncology Unit, were donated in memory of the Conroy’s daughter, Mary.

Read more articles from the 12/23/11 Hotline issue.




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