Loyola Pediatric Mobile Health Unit, Santa to Help Children Demonstrate True Meaning of Christmas

News Archive December 09, 2010

Loyola Pediatric Mobile Health Unit, Santa to Help Children Demonstrate True Meaning of Christmas

Children of Sacred Heart School to Donate Toys to St. Angela Elementary School
WHAT: They have very little themselves, but what they do have, the children of Sacred Heart School in Melrose Park will share with children who have even less at St. Angela Elementary School in the Austin neighborhood. A few days before Christmas, the children of Sacred Heart will give collected toys to Santa, who will take them to the children at St. Angela’s. “The community is strapped financially, but the children still give. It is heart-warming and inspirational,” said Barbara Ciconte, principal, Sacred Heart School. The Pediatric Mobile Health Unit of the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood will serve as Santa’s sleigh and transport the toys to St. Angela’s. “This means a lot, because many of our children won’t otherwise receive much for Christmas,” said Mary Kay O’Rourke, principal of St. Angela’s. “It means even more to our students to know that the gifts will come from other children.” WHO: Santa Claus, children of Melrose Park and Austin, employees of Loyola University Health System. WHEN: Toy pickup takes place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15; toy drop-off takes place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16. WHERE: Toy Pickup Sacred Heart School (school courtyard) 815 N. 16th Ave., Melrose Park Toy Drop-Off St. Angela Elementary School 1332 N. Massasoit Ave., Chicago HOW: Media who are planning to attend should call Nora Plunkett at (708) 417-5014.
Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.
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