She's helping make the season bright for patients

December 14, 1999

Christmas Angels: Day 10

She's helping make the season bright for patients

Editor's note: For these 12 days before Christmas we will be recognizing individuals and groups who make the holidays better for others. This is the third in a series.

Mary PearsonBy KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

For patients at the Western Maryland Hospital Center in Hagerstown who are without family, Christmas might not be cause for celebration.

Hoping to make the day brighter for them, a local recreation organization and church have teamed up to hold a party at the hospital on Christmas Day from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.


"Through the week it's busy (at the hospital center) but on Christmas Day it's like a morgue," said Mary Pearson, organizer of Many Individuals Helping Individuals, or MiHi.

MiHi is a nonprofit group that helps communities provide recreational equipment for those with special needs, such as for children with disabilities and senior citizens.

MiHi and St. John's Episcopal Church in Hagerstown are sponsoring the holiday party for about 120 patients at the Western Maryland Center on Pennsylvania Avenue.

"Christmas is a time of joy and cheer and we want everybody to have that in life," said Pearson.

Volunteers will provide a turkey and ham dinner and a small gift for each patient, she said.

Christmas songs will be sung after the dinner with patients participating, she said.

The Morning Star Singers will perform gospel music, she said.

Volunteers are needed to help out during the two-hour party and donations of food or money are appreciated said Pearson.

"We want to make the day really special for them," she said.

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