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Christmas comes early to kids at Shriners Hospital

Christmas comes early to kids at Shriners Hospital

Christmas came early to kids at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California. Thanks to the generosity of two local organizations, kids were all smiles when Santa arrived at the hospital’s annual Christmas in July party with art kits for kids in his bag of gifts.

The art kits were donated as part of the Share the Love campaign coordinated by Elk Grove Subaru in partnership with the Greater Sacramento Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Representatives of both organizations delivered the donation to the hospital along with 80 blankets for Shriners Hospital patients.

“We are so fortunate that we have so many donors from our community that make not only one but two Christmases possible,” said Erin Cloughesy, activities coordinator. “Art is an important part of the healing process, as it allows patients to express themselves in a creative way. The art kits we received were the perfect gift that put a smile on every child’s face. Even our special guest visitors, Princess Anna and Queen Elsa, had a blast coloring with the kids.”

“We give blankets to every child who stays the night with us. They brighten up the patient rooms and add so much personality, giving kids control over their space,” Cloughesy added.

“We love the opportunity to give back to our community through the Share the Love campaign,” said Linda Yao-Chin, senior campaign manager for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “Elk Grove Subaru is so enthusiastic about helping kids in our community, and their enthusiasm reminds us of why this campaign means so much to us,” she added.

Donations support Shriners Hospital in its mission to transform the lives of children. Material donations of toys and other gifts are used in the central play area, the hospital school, and are given to patients as birthday and Christmas gifts.