Monday, December 23, 2013

For many, the holidays are a time of enjoyment and a time to be grateful; however, for CVIM families who live in poverty, it can be the most difficult season of the year.  We are so grateful to Citadel, West Chester University Office of Service Learning, and St. Christopher’s Church of Gladwyne who helped bring the holiday spirit to many of our families in need.

On December 12th, holiday donations from Citadel and West Chester University Office of Service Learning were set up in the  clinic providing many patients with the only presents they will receive this holiday season.  Citadel continued in their annual tradition of collecting new toys, games, clothes, jackets, pajamas, and more for CVIM patients and their children.  WCU student and CVIM volunteer Ashley Ambrogi once again helped CVIM receive stuffed animals from the Office of Service Learning’s annual Bear Fair for young patients to take home.  On December 18th, CVIM patients also received the gift of holiday ornaments and decorations as well as stuffed toys from St. Christopher’s Church in Gladwyne.

During the month of December patients are brought back into CVIM’s conference room where the generously donated gifts are set up for all to see.  Every family is invited to select one item per child in their family to ensure that on Christmas morning, every young one will have a gift to open this holiday season.  Thank you Citadel, West Chester University, and St. Christopher’s Church for showing our patients what the spirit of the season is all about.  The grateful smiles and tear-filled eyes as our patients selected gifts for their children let us know that you have helped to brighten the lives of many families in our community.