Students Give Hospital Holiday Sparkle


They assembled Christmas trees, strung lights, hung garlands, tied bows and turned our Northern California Shriners Hospital into a holiday sight to behold.

We at Shriners Hospitals for Children have our generous community to thank for their participation in so many activities, and 2016 is no exception. During this holiday season we are reminded each day of how community volunteers came together to make our hospital sparkle!

On Saturday, Dec. 3, our volunteer department pulled together “operation decorate.”   Participating in the holiday mission were students from the Sacramento State Public Health Club, Rosemont High School’s California Scholarship Federation, Green Acres 4-H Club  and Oak Ridge High School. They decorated trees in the first-floor clinic, hospital auditorium and other floors throughout the hospital.

Farm animals adorn the tree in the first-floor clinic. The decorations were provided by the Green Acres 4-H Club, prompting some to call it a pet project.

“It was so rewarding to hear the positive comments from staff and volunteers when they arrived at work on Monday,” says Volunteer Services manager Lillian Nelson, who coordinates the holiday decorating project for the hospital. “The festive holiday displays could not have happened without such a tremendous team of volunteers,” she adds.

When they day was done, the volunteers trimmed 23 trees.  As for the number lights strung and ribbons tied, we’re still counting!

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