Giving Tree Program Helping to Brighten the Holidays

Event Lets Patients Feel at Home

DULUTH, Minn.-Being in the hospital at this time of the year can be tough, but this year some local elementary students tried to make that experience a little bit brighter.

Students from Lester Park Elementary School visited patients at Essentia Health earlier today to hand out ornaments they made in class while also delivering decorated trees.

The tradition has been going on for years, and still brings a smile to people’s faces including one mom who will spend Christmas in the hospital with her newborn baby, he was born early.

“It definitely makes the holidays a little easier,” said Jessica Winter. “This is not the way we planned on spending Christmas so it’s a little nice to have Christmas here in the hospital even though our family and stuff is away. We can still celebrate Christmas here.”

The kids involved in the program say they are just happy to help those who may be feeling a little down because they are spending Christmas in the hospital.

“I really, really, really like to go deliver the trees because I wanted to see how everyone was so happy when they got the trees,” said Sienna Wolff, a second grader at Lester Park Elementary.

The project all started after a young boy wanted to give back to hospital staff after they saved his little brother’s life after he was severely burned.

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