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PHS Christmas Families 2020:

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Please contact Melinda Hire with gift purchase updates.
  • 12/16 (Monday) items that need to be wrapped. We will wrap Monday or Tuesday.
  • 12/18 (Wednesday) items that do NOT need to be wrapped.
  • Used items are welcomed, but please do not wrap those items - put those in a bag or box and leave unwrapped.
  • If you bring in items ahead of 12/16, please deliver to Greg Russell or Melinda Hire.  If you leave an item when we’re not in our offices, please leave a note telling us what the item is and who dropped it off; we track all items to make sure we’re not missing anything that was claimed off the list.

In keeping with a long-standing PHS tradition, one that dates back to 1990, we will be helping a local family this year at Christmas. We are connected with these families through social workers here at the Medical Center, most often referring children seen at Brenners. The families we help typically are facing financial hardships, and our group does an excellent job each year of responding to the family’s needs.

This year’s list has 2 adults and 5 children. One of the children, a 9 year old boy named Jaiyden, was born with an enlarged heart and needed open-heart surgery before he was 1 year old. The heart condition continues to create problems, as he was recently hospitalized for 2 months and is currently doing his school work from home while he recuperates. The child lives with his grandparents; the social worker called them “saints” and “wonderful”, as they are raising this child, his siblings, and his cousins. The grandfather has a small lawn care business he operates in the summer; otherwise, he is home full-time with the 5 children. The grandmother works as well. I do not know anything about the child’s parents – no information was provided in what we received.

Melinda and I spoke to the grandfather (Tommy) on 11/25 – he was extremely friendly and appreciative of our help. The original list we received from the family was virtually void of any toys; when I asked about that, Tommy said he didn’t want to ask for too much for the kids, and that he didn’t want people to spend too much on them. We asked him to provide more items, and he came up with a few – it’s certainly fine to shop for items not on the list. He said that Jaiyden can’t play sports, but really enjoys activities that he can do with his hands. You might notice from sizes that he is small for his age – Tommy said that information is correct. Jaiyden is approximately the size of a 5 year old. Tommy also told us the other children enjoy typical items for their gender and age - -that the boys enjoy sports and anything athletic or type of game, and that the girls enjoy art, dolls, and other activities young girls normally enjoy.

If you would like to sign up for an item, please email Melinda Hire so she can keep up with the purchased items. Used items are welcome, but please leave those unwrapped. If you can wrap before bringing in, that’s great; if not, we’ll take care of the wrapping. We would like all unwrapped items here by the morning on 12/16. Wrapped items should be here by 12/18.

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