‘Season’s Treatings:’ Toys Delivered to Children in UVA Hospital
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -
Families spending their holiday at University of Virginia Medical Center got a festive surprise Friday.
A Charlottesville nonprofit has donated hundreds of toys to bring them holiday cheer. Mason's Toy Box is a nonprofit that collects toys for children in the hospital during the holidays. This year, they're calling the drive Season's Treatings.
Lindsey Demby has a 3-month-old son who has been at UVA Children’s Hospital more than a week. Friday, they both had a chance to finally get in the holiday spirit.
"It was like an overwhelming sense of joy that I had just because I haven't been able to escape the hospital to do any Christmas shopping for my kids thus far…this gesture was just unbelievable,” Demby said.
Volunteers wrapped hundreds of toys for families just like Demby's. Beth Kennen, the mastermind behind Season’s Treatings, says it's the least the volunteers can do.
"The goal of this is to brighten up their holidays a little bit because, as I said, if they're spending it here at UVA's Children's Hospital it's probably not where they want to be, so whatever we can do to help today with our Season's Treatings shop, that's what we want to do,” Kennen said.
Demby hopes to head home before Christmas, but she can't express her gratitude enough for the toy drive bringing the holidays to her and her family.
"I'll tell you I'm not the only one that you know feels this immense sense of gratitude. I think we all do, I see the expressions on all the parents’ faces and it means a lot,” she said.
To those who need it most, sometimes a simple toy and a smile can go a long way. As an added holiday bonus, Demby says her husband, who was deployed in the military, is returning home Friday night.
She says because she doesn't have to worry about presents, her family can take more time to be together.
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