Yale University School of Nursing hosted its annual holiday party for dozens of children and families from New Haven's Church Street South (CSS) apartments on Tuesday, December 13.
The event included cookie decorating and a very special visit by Santa Claus. Each child was presented with one "need" gift and one "want" gift by Santa, donated over the last several weeks by faculty, students, and staff of YSN. Children had filled out a request with one "need" and one "want" gift, so that close to 100 presents were given.
"For some of the children at the Yale Nursing party, these are the only presents they will receive for Christmas," said Manuel Aldorando, Resident Services Coordinator at the CSS apartments. "The kids were very surprised and excited about how many gifts they received. You could see many of the children walking around hugging their presents after receiving them from Santa."
Aldorando provided YSN with the names of children from 14 families in need from the CSS apartments; 44 children in total. This included four large families that had at least four children.
"Some of these families told me this was a dream come true," Aldorando added. "And none of this happens without the Yale School of Nursing."
The Church Street South apartments are located directly across the street from the YSN building, and a strong partnership has been developed over the years (read "Healthy Neighbors" story in the most recent issue of Yale Nursing Matters).