Saturday, December 28, 2013

Students who volunteer to help others at Christmas

Volunteering over Christmas is a way for students to lend a hand during the hardest time of year
On Christmas Eve Yael Collins traverses the wards at Birmingham Children's Hospital collecting the names and ages of all the children. Then on Christmas morning – after quickly checking no one new has been admitted through A&E overnight – she hands out donated presents alongside the West Midlands Fire Department, all of whom are dressed up in Santa gear.
"The children who are in hospital are too ill," says Collins, "[The hospital] does try to send them home if it can. We go to intensive care, and we also go to the burns unit. It's quite upsetting, but it really is rewarding to see children getting presents delivered by Santa."
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