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'U' Hospital Plans Yule Parties

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be given stockings to hang at the
Children in University hospital 1 foot of their beds. Hospital teach-
certainly won't have a dull Christ-e .p
mas. ers will have been keeping separ-
Plans have been underway since ate stockings and filling them
last January for this year's yule- with gifts, many of which were
tide season. A series of parties contributed by University students,
are planned for every patient they think each child will like. The
(teenagers and adults) as well as hospital school staff is familiar
for all the children in the hos- with the interests of each child so
pital. that each gift stocking will have
The first of these parties will a personalized quality. Late
be some time this week. "Some Christmas eve the stockings will
people' wonder why we begin so be switched.
early," Miss Mary Ann Bancroft, Santa To Be Present
assistant director of University "There really will be a Santa
Hospital School, said. "Many for those children," Miss Bancroft
children who are going home be- said.
fore Christmas would otherwise Right now the children them-
miss the scheduled parties."s
selves are getting ready for

-Daily-Dick Gaskill
ARTIST AT WORK-Clarence just wants to make sure that
Santa's coat is red enough. Children have been decorating glass
doors in the hospital.

Tartan Plaid Gifts
Both the girls and the boys will
receive little plaid bags with gifts
in them.
For the boys there will be flash-
lights, tinkertoys, colorbooks and
crayons, a puzzle, a book and a
game appropriate for his age.
Each girl will get a doll, and
what a doll it will be! Its ward-
robe will consist of everything the
well dressed doll should have; coat,
hat, underwear, two dresses, flan-
nel nightgown, knit sweater and
an apron.
The bags will also carry color
books and crayons, a game and a
No One Left Out
Every woman and teen ager will
get a bed jacket, custom fit. It,
takes a corps of people two days
to reach every bed.
The men will receive packages'
containing a wallet, comb, cigar-
ettes and a deck of cards.
During this two day period
cookies will be provided for all.
the patients. in the hospital.
Christmas eve the children will
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Christmas. All those who are able
are making presents for their en-'
tire family.
One of the principle gifts is a
hand plaque. This is the imprint
of a hand pressed in paster of
paris. Children especially like
this because they get their hands
all greased up for the process.
Some of the children are deco-
rating glass doors with pictures of
Santa, little bears and Reindeer,
complete with the red noses of
the famous Rudolph.
Clarence, one child suffering
from severe burns, has been work-
ing particularly diligently on this
project. He even has a stool to
stand on, so that he can reach
the glass.
Children Make Decorations
Some of the children in the
hospital school have been making
decorations. These consist pri-
marily of long multi-colored paper'
Andy, a four year old girl suf-
fering from polio and now con-
fined to an iron lung, just received
a letter from Santa. She's now

making plans to answer it. She'sI
especially happy because her
daddy brought home a new baby
the other day.
Hospital school itself teems
with children, all intent on one
project or another. One little girl
is busy hammering pegs into a
stool, another is busy on her ring
chains, some are doing puzzles and
others are playing in a sandbox.
One little girl is not sure what
she wants to do.
She is in the hospital for treat-
ment of severe burns. She was.
wearing a cute plastic Halloween
costume which caught fire. "A1
great many of our -children are
suffering from burns," Miss Ban-
croft said.
State-wide Effort
The Christmas program is part
of a joint effort on the part of
people from all of the state of
Michigan. Kiwanis, Galens and
the Kings Daughters are the major
Kiwanis and Galens provide
major playrooms for the children.
~They also provide a great many
of the toys and facilities these
children receive. Most of the
Christmas presents are bought
with Galen money.
Kings Daughters, a women's
church group, also sends in gifts
from every county in the state.
Last January, patterns for the
dolls wardrobes were sent out and
work began for this Christmas.
There is a standard doll, so that
the wardrobes are consistent. To-
ward the end of November dresses,
nightgowns, coats, caps, etc. start
pouring into the hospital.
Gifts Stored Away
They, along with the gifts re-
ceived from other groups are
placed in a storeroom until distri-
bution time.
Kings Daughters also take care
of distribution of the bed jackets.
They are loaded on wagons and
taken through all the wards.
They also bake cookies served
during this time and help in dis-

Students alsq contribute to the
Christmas program. Housing units
and other organizations contrib-
ute gifts. Not all these gifts are
used for Christmas, however. Some
are given out on birthdays and
after operations. Many children
are a long way from home, and
these presents help to brighten
what might otherwise be a dreary
Student Volunteers
Student volunteers also work in
the hospital and at Christmas
time help to distribute the gifts.
Student teachers are often re-
quired to spend time in the hos-
pital school.
Other organizations provide
gifts and time for the occasion.
The happiness of the children
in University hospital comes about
because of a large cooperative ef-
fort of many parties. However, all
of these are co-ordinated and di-
rected by the dedicated and in-.
terested people of University Hos-
pital staff.

-Daily-Dick Gaskill
SPECIAL ATTENTION: Andy listens eagerly to a story told by
one of many student volunteers, Gloria Manella. She plans to
write a letter to Santa tonight.


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-Daily-Dick Gaskill
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looked like the record player won out.

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-Daily-Dick Gaskill
SANTA'S WORKSHOP-Hospital storeroom is filled with gifts for
the children from all over the state. Presents will be sorted and
given out during one of the many hospital Christmas parties.
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DECK THE HALLS-Clarence wants to make sure that the paper
chain made by other hospital children, fits on the tree just right.
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