Yale School of Nursing will host its annual holiday party for the children and families of New Haven’s Church Street South (CSS) apartments on Dec. 12, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. in the YSN Reference Room.
Each year, the festivity gives CSS children and their families the chance to decorate holiday cookies, sip hot cocoa, and spread the holiday spirit with one another. “One of the best parts of the holiday party is seeing the children smile and laugh when they are given a gift, as well as the joy that YSN members have when giving to others,” said Kari McKinley, a YSN student heavily involved in a number of YSN/CSS programs.
Four years ago, YSN faculty, staff and students had the idea of hosting a holiday party for the CSS community. Members of YSN choose a child from CSS and buy them two gifts: one they want and one they need.
For some of these children, the gifts they receive at the party will be the only ones they receive for the holidays. “A lot of kids from CSS don’t have a real Christmas with gifts from Santa because most of the parents can’t afford gifts for their children,” explained Linda Caruso, YSN Administrative Assistant to the Dean.
Even Santa Claus takes time out of his busy holiday schedule to stop in and give the children their gifts. “Although people may participate in other gift drives, actually watching the child open their gifts makes our holiday party a unique experience,” stated McKinley.
The CSS community is a government-subsidized housing complex across the street from YSN. Through various programs over the years, YSN and the CSS community have formed a strong relationship with one another.
Yale University School of Nursing (YSN) enjoys a national and international reputation for excellence in teaching, research and clinical practice. One of Yale University’s professional schools, YSN is a leading school of nursing in the United States, with a diverse community of scholars and clinicians with a common goal: better health care for all people. More information on YSN may be found at www.nursing.yale.edu.