Governor Beshear Brings Christmas Joy to Kentucky Children's Hospital

Published 12-13-2010 11:23 AM | Mark D. Birdwhistell  

Last week Governor Beshear visited our Kentucky Children's Hospital to bring Christmas joy to the patients and families. The Governor's staff graciously donated gifts for the third year in a row and I just want to take this opportunity to once again say thank you.  This year each patient received a gift from a doll and book to a board game. Seeing the happiness on the faces of these children truly epitomizes the definition of "giving back." "This is what the spirit of the season is truly about-giving back," said Gov. Beshear. "I know the toll illness brings not only to these children, but their families as well.  And I hope that today's gift delivery provided a bit of light-hearted relief in what can be a difficult time."

I was excited to be a part of the Governor's visit and help push the cart to deliver presents (see picture below). It reminded me of my CHA days when we would take gifts to KCH during Christmas for the children. However we would take gifts not for the children, but for their parents. Each child had the opportunity to pick something out to wrap for their parents. It was great seeing them feel so excited and proud to give their parents a gift on Christmas. I encourage everyone to give back this holiday season. Whether it is a gift or a simple gesture, you have the opportunity to spread of bit of Christmas joy as well. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!



"Gov. Steve Beshear gives a Christmas present to Walker Coffman, 11, a patient at Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington."


Accompanying Governor Beshear and pushing the cart as we deliver gifts.


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 Ann Smith, Chief Administrative Officer for Chandler Hospital, touring Governor Beshear.


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