Thanks to resident elves in the Division of Nephrology, the holiday season is made even more special for families of three local children on dialysis. Coordinating with a team at the Children’s Hospital dialysis unit, our division “adopted” three families in need of a little help this Christmas.
Principal organizer, Julie McNamara, a medical secretary in our Renal Outpatient Office, came up with the idea of combining funds to help others instead of spending money on the usual gift exchange between co-workers. “I did this in the past when I worked at Children’s and it just made everyone who participated feel so good,” says Julie. “I thought it would be a much better way to spread the warmth and the reason for the season if we were to assist these dialysis families.”
A list of needed items called for new, unopened, unwrapped gifts for the three young dialysis patients, their siblings, and parents. Items donated ranged from underwear, toys and gift cards to bicycles!
Julie was very appreciative of all who helped in the Christmas project. “I just wanted to send out a big, fat THANK YOU to all who participated in our Adopt-a-Family mission this holiday season. All the families were very grateful for your hard work and generosity,” she says. “It was so wonderful to be able to help these families have a joyful Christmas.”
Alana Holland, a pediatric medical social worker at the Children’s dialysis unit, was at Children’s when the gifts were delivered. “This is so awesome!” she says. “You all have really blessed these families, they struggle with so much and their kids worry about so much. This is something they will always remember and smile about”
Julie gives a special shout out to the social workers who helped initiate the process – Molly Bradford, Alana Holland and Missy Rocco – and gives a hearty thanks to all those who donated, wrapped presents and helped organize the event: “You are Rockstars!”
Watch the Christmas Caravan as it makes its way from Wohl to Children’s Hospital to deliver presents to the families here.