By: Alysa Rubin, Writer / Follow South Jersey Public Health Intern
CAMDEN, N.J. — Students and families from four Washington Township schools are getting into the holiday spirit by delivering more than 2,000 cards and snacks to workers at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.
The gifts will be presented to staff members as a way to thank them for their heroic services and send them warm wishes for the holidays. Students, parents, and teachers will deliver the gifts at 1:30 p.m. on December 23 outside of the hospital.
“The students, teachers and parents are so excited about this,” Lynette Green-Ruiz, a nurse at Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes, said in a press release. “The kids have taken photos of themselves using their allowances to buy snacks, and the parents are helping with donations from local stores. It’s great for everyone’s morale – the students, teachers, and families, as well as the health care workers!”
Green-Ruiz was treated at the hospital for a severe illness several months ago. Her children, feeling grateful, wanted to thank the hospital’s staff by sending about 200 cards and snacks.
However, when the nurse brought the idea to her children’s schools, the school communities embraced the idea with open arms. The school communities were able to procure enough items for the entire 2,000-person staff at the hospital.
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.