During the holidays, having a child in the hospital can be a trying time for families. That’s why this holiday season, donors, Board members and volunteers of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago came together to bring joy to patients and their loved ones.
The Founders’ Board launched the start of the holiday season at Lurie Children’s by underwriting all winter décor and hosting a hot chocolate celebration on November 28. Following suit thereafter, several generous individual donors demonstrated their generosity with the support of special holiday celebrations, activities and programs, including our Partners with Parents program. For more than 20 years, Partners with Parents has provided gift cards to more than 50 families of great need each year with support from our donor community and Lurie Children’s employees.
“These events are filled with touching moments, and our patient families are so appreciative of the very special opportunities,” said Susan Ruohonen, EdD, Senior Director of Family Services and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Trust Director for Children’s Services. “We are fortunate to benefit from the compassionate and dedication of our Lurie Children’s family.”
Within the walls of our hospital, joy was abundant because of philanthropic and volunteer efforts. Chicago Bulls player Quincy Pondexter visited the hospital to serve up holiday cheer to staff with donuts, coffee and hot cocoa. Patients of Lurie Children’s decked the halls with snowflake window clings, cozy nightlights and other festive room decorations courtesy of the Ace Hardware Foundation, whose team members visited the hospital this December to assemble the winter comfort and décor packages. Nearly 160 inpatient families also enjoyed a special holiday dinner with catering provided through a generous family’s anonymous donation and partially underwritten by Limelight Catering.
At our in-hospital shop known as Winter Wonderland, our donors and Board members volunteered their valuable time and talents to spend time with families, serve hot chocolate and wrap gifts. For families visiting our Uptown Outpatient Center this December, festive holiday parties were made possible through donor support.
The joy will continue well into the New Year, thanks to donors who supported Garden Play activities for patient families. Garden Play offers themed activities to coincide with holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Earth Day, Mother’s Day, Halloween, Hanukkah and Christmas, and donations provide special plants, decorative items and other supplies to create special themed activities throughout the year.
Without the generosity of others, our families would not be able to experience these moments of joy at the holidays while at Lurie Children’s. We express our most sincere gratitude to the Founders’ Board, Ace Hardware, our donors and volunteers who helped make spirits bright this holiday season.
To support the patients and families at Lurie Children’s visit luriechildrens.org/give.