Christmas is a really big deal at Children’s Hospital
Shades and all, this young patient enjoys the holiday festivities at Children’s Hospital just the same.
Thanks to the generosity and support of numerous individuals in the community, the 2007 holiday season brought a veritable flurry of exciting activities to the patients of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.
The moment December arrived, hordes of singers, dancers, gift-givers, musicians, motorcycle riders, Santa Clauses, Mrs. Clauses, Guild members, church choirs, storytellers, school groups, wood workers, radio personalities, check presenters, and adorable pets and their human escorts decked the halls of Children’s Hospital with a mind-boggling variety of seasonal entertainment.
“People are inspired to come together and support children throughout the year,” says Zareh Sarrafian, MBA, CEO and administrator of Children’s Hospital. “Our patients receive comfort and joy during this special time of year, and it’s all thanks to the compassion and generosity of our community partners.”
Joanna DeLeon, director of LLU Children’s Hospital Foundation, comments on the benefits that accrue to hospitalized kids from the generosity of caring members of the community who share their talents, gifts, and financial resources this time of year.
“When you see a smile on a patient’s face and tears in their parents’ eyes, you know that something special has happened,” Ms. DeLeon shares. “Making that something special happen is what we are privileged to do at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation, but we’re never alone.”
Ms. DeLeon adds, “Some of the greatest ideas for giving to the kids, or for raising funds to support them, come from the community. I get calls from businesses, scout troops, radio stations, apartment buildings, banks, young people, cheerleading squads, retirement homes—literally, from people in all walks of life—who want to make the holidays brighter for patients and their families.”
She concludes by noting that, “We’re here to help people give. It really connects us to a wide and generous circle of friends in the community. They are truly the partners of the Children’s Hospital Foundation—we’re just here to help them.”
By James Ponder
Janelle Isaeff (third from left) and Joanna DeLeon (sixth from left) salute the holidays with Pat Prescott (center) and staffers from 94.7 The Wave and PFF Bank & Trust.