Christmas Comes Early to Kids at Shriners Hospital

Elk Grove Subaru Partners with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on Share the Love Campaign to Help Kids

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 Christmas’s 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 given to patients as birthday — and Christmas — gifts.

About Shriners Hospitals for Children

Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California is a regional pediatric medical center providing care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause, gastro-intestinal diseases, ano-rectal disorders, chest wall malformations and other complex surgical needs. Admission is based on age and diagnosis. Care is provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. For further information call (916) 453-2000 or go online to www.shrinerschildrens.org

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