With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and Club renovations, our Gift of Giving Christmas Tree was again the main feature of Club Reception. Today, several large Christmas gift bags full of goodies were delivered to the John Hunter Children’s Hospital.
Each bag contained an assortment of toys, headphones, books, teddy bears and toiletries. Each and every single item was donated by Club Members, Visitors, Staff, Management and Directors.
Jenna Dalley, Clerical Specialist and Christine Wenta, Marketing Manager filled the car, acting on Santa’s behalf to personally deliver the gifts.
A feeling of warmth and love met Jenna and Christine at the entrance to the hospital. Four trolleys, one staff member and three volunteers later, the gifts were inside the Children’s Hospital.
“Just this year, 50,000 children have been admitted into the John Hunter Children’s hospital for a variety of reasons”, explained Kiera Wray, Fundraising Officer (Children, Young People and Families Health Services). “We never have too many gifts to give away. We always like to give gifts for Christmas, Birthdays, to help children smile during recovery or even be able to give the parents some toiletries when unexpected accidents happen. Every donation, toy, toiletry, book, or set of headphones assists in improving a child’s recovery or parents time during a stay”.
While the feeling of warmth and love was present, there was definitely a feeling of comfort knowing the Club and those that participated with the gift of giving, had been able to assist in providing some relief, smiles and happiness. Not just over Christmas, but throughout the year when times can also be tough.
We want to thank every one who took the time to shop, wrap and donate to our “Gift of Giving”. Your ongoing involvement in the Club’s Community Support program will be cherished by those you don’t know and who don’t know you. And that is the absolute meaning of “The Gift of Giving”.
Merry Christmas to you all,
Toronto District Workers Club