The Gift of Giving

Toys collected during the gift drive

The rich taste of hot chocolate, sounds of a cackling fire, holiday sweets, it’s the holiday season, a joyful time for most children to spend with their family and look forward to the surprise of opening gifts. Unfortunately, some children are not able to have this warm experience in their home as they are stuck in the hospital for the holidays. Along with this issue comes the possibility that with expensive hospital bills, hospitalized children may not be able to receive everything on their wishlist. Ramsey High School senior, Sami Edelson, wanted to help ensure that children in this situation would not be disappointed by the holidays. She held a toy drive to donate gifts to children at Goryeb Children’s hospital in an effort to provide every child with some joy this holiday season. 

Sami’s brother was a patient at Goryeb’s Children’s hospital in 2016 around Christmas time. While visiting the hospital one day she noticed a room full of gifts for the children. She discovered that these presents were donated by generous people who felt these children deserved some joy during the holiday season. At that moment, she felt inspired to create change of her own. Since her discovery, she has been donating gifts to the hospital every year. She finally decided to bring this generous tradition to Ramsey High School last year so that even more children could enjoy the experience of opening a gift for the holidays. After successfully collecting 100 gifts, she decided to run the gift drive again this year. 

To collect donations, Sami asked students to bring in unwrapped gifts for children of any age or gender starting in early November through December Sixth. The Rams came through, donating even more than last year with over 120 gifts collected. The gifts were dropped off at the hospital on the Seventh and thanks to Sami, many children in Goryeb Children’s Hospital will have a gift to open this year to bring them some cheer during what might be a difficult time. Even though Sami’s toy drive has come to an end, it is never too late to help a child in need. Many other children in hospitals or in difficult situations also struggle around the holidays because they are unable to receive gifts and celebrate in their homes. You can help these children by finding a local place to donate to on your own to ensure no child feels left out during the holiday season.