Students Deck The Halls At Hospitals

By KBJR News 1

December 21, 2011 Updated Dec 21, 2011 at 5:09 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- A group of Duluth elementary school students delivered a bundle of holiday cheer.

They put down their books to bring smiles and warm the hearts of patients at the city's two hospitals.

Danyel Piecek introduces us to the young students who made it possible.

It was a day of giving for Lester Park Elementary students.

"We gave trees to people in the hospital that we made," said student Ella Hanhan.

Trees that will be displayed proudly at Essentia Health Saint Mary's and Saint Luke's in Duluth.

"This time of year it's so easy to get caught up in receiving gifts, and to see the joy that they have in giving is just magical," said kindergarten teacher Sue Baker.

Students raised money on their own in order to make the project happen.

"We saved our money and did chores and brought it in," said student Maggie Robinson.

All decorations on the trees were all handmade by the students.

"My class, we braided pieces of string to make garlands and we made God's eyes," said Hanhan.

The students made the rounds at the hospitals, giving their trees to patients who won't be able to be with their families during Christmas.

"Because they won't go home for Christmas Eve and they don't have a Christmas tree to look at, so now they have one to look at," said Hanhan.

The trees took roughly three weeks to finish, but with all the joy and smiles they receive from the patients, the students say their hard work was worth it.

"It made me feel good because some people don't have things and we gave them something," said Robinson.

"It felt great to be giving and that we had made a good decision," said Hanhan.

A decision that will continue to bring smiles to those in the hospital well through the holidays.

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