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Teens bring spirit to hospital

December 24, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

On Dec. 19, a group of teens showed up at Akron Children's Hospital in Boardman with one goal in mind. They wanted to bring the Christmas spirit to the children in the in-patient wards by decorating the halls with hundreds of Christmas cut-outs.

Teen Outreach coordinator Francine McBride said the program involves 22 local high schools. She said junior and senior students from area schools are welcome and they provide a special service.

"Not only do they come in and decorate, but they also spend time reading to the children and taking part in other activities like face painting," McBride said. "Pretty much anything involving the children."

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Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
RIGHT: Akron Children’s Hospital Teen Outreach volunteers decorated the halls of Akron Children’s Hospital, Boardman, to bring the Christmas spirit to children who are in-patients at the facility. Members pictured from left are: Mara McCloud, Canfield; Caitlin Hruska, Youngstown; Taylor Watkins, Sebring; Laura Sharpe, Struthers; and Marissa Cattoi and Katie Seidita, both of Lowellville.

According to McBride, the teens make decorations for Christmas, Halloween, Easter and other holidays. The decorations make for a colorful happy environment for the children who have to stay at the hospital, she said.

The all-volunteer program is open to any area high school junior or senior. For information or to volunteer, call McBride at 330-729-9247.



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