January 2, 2009
Manitoba Children’s Foundation plays Santa to sick children

On Christmas morning, children lying in their hospital beds at Milton Cato Memorial Hospital were visited by Byron Jones, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, bearing gifts of t-shirts from the Manitoba Children’s Foundation. He was accompanied by his nephew Jason Kirby, visiting from Boston, Massachussets.{{more}}

Together, the gift bearers worked with Sister Careen Dublin,RN, and assistant, Annie Jones, under the supervision of Senior Sister Faustina Ballantyne to dole out 36 t-shirts. Every child on the ward, other children who had been given a home visit for the holiday, and anxious children awaiting attention at the Emergency Station all received t-shirts.

Parents and patients alike were happy to see the two Santas on this otherwise quiet Christmas morning.

In the past, the Manitoba Children Foundation donated t-shirts to this ward. Director, Betty Richardson, of Winnipeg, is dedicated to bringing happiness to “shut in” children throughout the year and particularly at Christmas. The Milton Cato Hospital of St. Vincent has partnered with Manitoba, both in Children’s support and in the donation of medical supplies and equipment over the past five years.

After all, Christmas is for children! Isn’t it?