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news News Thursday, December 10, 2020 Thursday, December 10, 2020 11:51 AM - Thursday, December 10, 2020 11:51 AM

Cincinnati Shriners Hospital volunteers enjoy unique celebration

Hospital staff shows appreciation at 'drive-thru' event

Cincinnati Shriners Hospital volunteers enjoy unique celebration

The men and women who volunteer for Shriners Hospitals for Children are a part of what makes the health care system special. Their dedication to the staff and patients is unwavering. Shriners Hospital volunteers will do whatever job is necessary to ensure that a family’s only concern is their child’s well-being.

The volunteers at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Cincinnati are a shining example of this commitment. For more than 50 years, this group (many of whom have been serving for decades) have shared their time, talents and energy at the hospital. Ordinarily, an annual celebration would be held to thank them for their service, but due to COVID-19 it was not possible.

Instead, volunteer coordinator Victoria Keehnen organized a “drive thru” event to recognize this generous group and thank them for their service. She gathered a group of staff members and decorated the hospital’s parking garage – all four floors – with signs and balloons that expressed the hospital’s gratitude for their work.

The volunteers were invited to drive through the garage to the top floor, where they were greeted by a cheering group waving pompoms and noisemakers. Each volunteer received a gift and certificate of appreciation for all they have done for the Cincinnati hospital.

The event had been cancelled twice before the drive-thru version, but Keehnen considered it essential since it would also be the last gathering before the hospital moves to its new location in Dayton. “There were lots of 'air hugs' and tears,” she said of the event, “It was a celebration, but also good-bye."

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