Bags of Christmas spirit given by Christ’s Starfish Foundation for patients at Lutheran Children’s Hospital
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016) – This Friday at 2 p.m., Christmas bags packed full of gifts will be generously given to Lutheran Children’s Hospital from Christ’s Starfish Foundation. In preparation for Santa’s visit to Lutheran Children’s Hospital on Christmas morning, the gift bags are being delivered a little early so every pediatric patient in the hospital on or near Christmas day will receive a gift bag.
“We do what we do in obedience to our Lord's call on our lives to help these children and their families,” said Carldon Lahey, founder and president, Christ’s Starfish Foundation.
Christ’s Starfish Foundation worked with Lutheran’s social workers and child life specialists to determine the patient and family’s needs to provide for 150 children.
The Christ’s Starfish Foundation began nine years ago and it has expanded to give to Lutheran Children’s Hospital and two other hospitals in Indiana for the first time this year. The organization is based in Jacksonville, Fla., however, they are expanding nationwide. They mainly focus on meeting needs of families with chronic, non-cancer issues or those in need.
Patients at Lutheran Children’s Hospital benefit year-round from the outpouring of kindness, especially during the holidays. Each December, there are multiple opportunities to capture the goodwill of the season through the donation of time, talent and treasure. LCH appreciates the one-time visits and the long-term support for its patients from supporters throughout northeastern Indiana and beyond.
Editor’s note: Media are invited to cover the unloading of gifts at 2 p.m., Dec. 16, in Lutheran’s South Lobby, located between Medical Office Building Two, 7910 W. Jefferson Blvd., and Medical Office Building One. LCH has new blue wagons donated earlier this week to help transport gifts to the pediatrics floor.