Yale University School of Nursing hosted a holiday party for the children of the Church Street South (CSS) apartments, located across the street from the school.
The party, held on December 16, invited 51 children and their families to the school for presents, cookies, and cocoa.
Santa Claus was seated among piles of gifts wrapped in colorful paper, and he called out the children’s names as elves handed him boxes. One by one, the children came forward to give Santa a hug and gather their gifts.
Santa’s helpers included YSN faculty, students, and staff, who each sponsored a specific child. Each child filled out a request with one "need" and one "want," so that more than 100 presents were given.
The gift drive was organized by Manuel Aldarondo, the Community Director at CSS, who has become a familiar face to many at YSN through coordinated health, education, and community improvement events.
YSN organizers included student Morgan Schopen ’11, Professor Pat Jackson-Allen, Linda Caruso and Sydney Martin from the Dean’s office, Dean Margaret Grey, Associate Dean Barbara Guthrie, clinical site coordinator Erin Klarsfeld, and recent alumnus Brandon Ko '10.
A special thanks goes to Raymond Guthrie, who volunteered to don a red suit and white beard for the occasion.
The party was an expansion of last year’s gift drive. The idea for originated during a conversation between Aldarondo, Guthrie, and Assistant Professor Jessica Coviello as presents were delivered to CSS last December.