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Texas Children’s Hospital Brings Holiday Cheer to Patients With First-Ever Christmas Tree Farm
Downloadable Video Footage: Christmas Tree Drop-Off & Donor Interview
HOUSTON (Dec. 2, 2021) – Texas Children’s Hospital will kick off the holidays with an inaugural Christmas tree farm, bringing joy and cheer to patients and their families spending the holidays at Texas Children’s this Friday, December 3rd. For the first time ever, Texas Children’s volunteer services and Child Life teams put together a spectacular Christmas tree farm at the hospital’s patient activity center, made up of 150 pre-decorated, 2.5-foot artificial Christmas trees, making this the Group’s largest Christmas tree donation to date.
“The Christmas trees represent hope and excitement for our patients and will help bring smiles to our patients and their families this holiday season,” said Crystal Ortiz, Volunteer Services Manager at Texas Children’s Hospital. “Texas Children’s is invested in the overall well-being of our patients and we’re excited to partner with J&J Flooring Group to provide children with such a magical moment.”
Texas Children’s patients will have the opportunity to stop by the makeshift tree farm for a chance to select their very own Christmas tree to make their rooms feel more festive and brighten the holidays during their stay at the hospital. As part of J&J’s Helping Hands initiative and with a donation from Texas Star Dental, the trees were decorated ranging in theme from professional sports teams to movie characters and many other kid-friendly activities such as space, art and music – there’s a tree for every personality and age.
“The drive behind our Helping Hands initiative is the children and that’s what we have a passion for,” said Bambi Kocian, Sales Development Associate at J&J Flooring Group. “I pray – hope and love – over every one of these children that will receive a tree. They should have something to look forward to beyond the holidays.”
J&J began its Helping Hands initiative nearly five years ago in Atlanta and has now expanded its efforts to four additional cities to partner with local children’s hospitals, including Houston, to brighten children’s spirits during the holidays. As part
of the Group’s expansion, Texas Children’s Main Campus was selected as its Houston-area partner, with plans to broaden the donation to include all Texas Children’s Hospital’s campuses next year and beyond.
To learn more about Texas Children’s Hospital, visit www.texaschildrens.org.
About Texas Children’s Hospital
Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Tower for Pediatric Research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, the first hospital devoted to children’s care for communities north of Houston. The organization also created Texas Children’s Health Plan, the nation’s first HMO for children; Texas Children’s Pediatrics, the largest pediatric primary care network in the country; Texas Children’s Urgent Care clinics that specialize in after-hours care tailored specifically for children; and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.