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Holiday Lessons at the Hospital

Terri Polick | NursingLink

November 19, 2010

Holiday Lessons

’Tis The Reason for the Season

While Christmas is the celebration of Jesus, that doesn’t mean that non-Christians can’t perform good deeds as a way of commemorating the season. I remember working in a Chicago hospital one year when the Grinch, in the form of a criminal, stole all of the Christmas presents that the hospital had purchased for the patients. The theft took place in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve. The patients whose gifts were stolen were homeless, making the theft even more of a tragedy.

The hospital staff was primarily made up of members of the Jewish faith, but that didn’t stop them from giving back. The staff, including a Rabbi, passed the hat and collected money for more gifts and then they went to an all-night Walgreens across the street from the hospital to buy gifts, wrapping paper, and other holiday goodies. The nurses and aides spent the rest of the night wrapping these holiday gifts and planning a little party for the patients. Everyone involved in the project enjoyed spending Christmas morning with the patients. It was the best Jewish-Christmas party that I’ve ever attended!

The Lesson: Christmas happiness and good cheer isn’t limited to members of the Christian faith. The spirit of giving back is universal across any faith.

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