THE FORGOTTEN PATIENT CHRISTMAS PROJECT
The Forgotten Patient Christmas Project has served hospital patients for 50 years. This project recruits volunteers from the community to provide Christmas gifts for patients that would literally be "forgotten" without their help. 283 individuals were sponsored for Christmas 2005 and each patient knew that someone was thinking about them during the holiday season.
Each patient makes up a list of what they would like for Christmas and the sponsor purchases some or all of those items, wraps each present, and delivers them to the hospital.
Some community groups do service projects to provide a stocking for each patient filled with candy and personal hygiene items.
Other groups come to the hospital and provide concerts for the patients.
The week before Christmas, gifts fill the gymnasium as hospital employees sort the incoming gifts to have them ready for each patient on Christmas morning. Imagine the joy each patient feels when they wake up on Christmas morning and there are gifts chosen specifically for them.
Christmas Day is a happy day at the hospital for many patients because they know someone in the world cared enough to give them a personal gift.
If you are interested in sponsoring a patient please contact Shawna Peterson, Director of Volunteer Services 801-344-4254.