About 100 gifts – dolls, building blocks, Hot Wheels cars and more – were distributed to 30 children at Health City on Tuesday evening at the hospital’s annual IMPACT 345 Christmas party that featured Santa and music by local musician Barefoot Man.
Eleven of the kids were patients in the hospital’s Have a Heart program, which provides cardiac surgery for children in Caribbean nations and around the world. The others were community kids identified as being in need, but who were not on any social services registries.
Holly Thompson, who founded IMPACT 345, a teen volunteer organization, said six of its members were on hand to help distribute the gifts.
“This year we were able to give more to the local children,” Ms. Thompson said. “This year [donors] were especially generous.”