In the Spirit of Giving - and Community Support

Employees strive to make the holidays especially warm for those in need in the community

Three units at The University of Kansas Hospital adopted three children who recently lost their mother to leukemia for ChristmasThree young children in Kansas City are enjoying the holidays just a bit more, thanks to nurses and other staff on Units 41, 42 and 45 at The University of Kansas Health System.

The children’s single mother, Elena, lost her battle with leukemia several days before Thanksgiving.  

“Elena was determined to beat the cancer for her children,” said Unit 42’s Marla Stubbs, RN. “When she realized she wasn’t going to make it, she became very worried, especially about their having a good Christmas.”

So Stubbs and dozens of others on the health system’s three Hematology/Oncology units quickly rallied to help the children, who are living with their mom’s niece. Staff donated toys, books, clothes, coats, shoes and a grocery store certificate for a holiday meal. They’ve also delivered a Christmas tree and stockings handmade by a nurse; more presents are on their way this week.

The outpouring of support reflects the generosity of many employees and departments at the region’s premier academic medical center: They strive to make the holidays especially warm for those in need in our community. Unit 66, for instance, worked with the Phoenix Family organization to adopt two senior residents who have no family or support system. Some groups cook meals for families at the Hope Lodge and Ronald McDonald House. Others donate games and toys to the hospital’s Pediatrics unit, knowing the hospital can be especially stressful this time of year for children.

Employees at The University of Kansas Hospital helped cook meals at Hope House this holiday seasonAt Project Eagle, a division of Pediatrics within the University of Kansas School of Medicine, employees are collecting new coats, hats, gloves and scarves from co-workers. The items will go to youngsters at Project Eagle/Educare of Kansas City, as well as many of their siblings.

“With Project Bundle Up, we want to make the winter cozy and warm for children in need,” said Allison Lundquist, Project Eagle’s special projects coordinator, “and we’re helping staff experience the joy of giving.”


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