Community volunteers create comfort for hospital patients

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THE WOODLANDS, TX – Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center (MHTW) hosted its annual Holiday Tea Reception on December 2, to honor community volunteers who make crafts for hospital patients.

The Laborde family with one of their newborn twins, daughter Abigail, in a handmade Christmas stocking. Not pictured: Twin brother, Noah, who was in NICU at the time.

Volunteers from local churches and retirement communities attended the appreciation event to celebrate the joy of the season. These volunteers make homemade crafts to provide comfort and reduce patient anxiety, and to help meet the therapeutic needs of coughs after surgery. Handmade items donated include heart-shaped pillows, cuddly pillows, cuddly pillows, newborn hats, and Christmas stockings.

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A special guest at the event was newborn Abigail, who was accompanied by her parents, Angelia and Jason Laborde. Abigail and her twin brother, Noah, were born on Friday, November 29, although Noah was unable to attend holiday tea as he is currently a patient in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The group sang “Silent Night” to Abigail, who was wearing a Christmas stocking.

For more information on the MHTW Volunteer Program, contact Karen Bilsing, Volunteer Manager, at 713.897.2392.

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