Danbury, Connecticut – December 22, 2016 - A group of nearly sixty students from John Reed Middle School in Redding visited Danbury Hospital on December 15, 2016, sharing their hearts and voices with patients, staff and visitors as they traveled throughout the hospital Caroling. Students brought joyous tears to the eyes of patients waiting to be seen at the Praxair Cancer Center and various units all through the campus. Patients, visitors and staff sang along to classic holiday tunes.Visitors enjoyed seeing the children laughing and singing as people passed by.
This year marks the 25th year John Reed Middle School has visited hospitals, Senior Centers and other facilities during the holidays. According to Musical Director, David Ebert, “this event has become a much anticipated annual event at Danbury Hospital over the years thanks to the support of administrators at the school each year to continue this important mission.”
Linda McGrory, Director of Patient Relations and Service Excellence at Danbury Hospital said, “The students were so very enthusiastic and worked together so well. It was truly heartwarming to see several students ‘take the lead’ and organize their choral colleagues when visiting patient care areas.” This all speaks to the caliber of students in the John Reed Middle School program and Region 9 and I “It is important for our community to know of the fine character displayed by the school students. It brightened the day of so many people in a very meaningful way,” said McGrory.
“The joy that each of these students brought not only to visitors but to families anxiously awaiting news of their loved ones in Surgery, was just priceless”, said one visitor. While traveling through the lobby, I observed so many visitors and staff stopping to hear, all drawn to the location to find out where the beautiful sounds were coming from”, said Amy Faith Lionheart, Manager of Volunteer Services.
To learn more about how to become a volunteer at Danbury Hospital or have your group come to perform, please call the Volunteer Office at (203) 739-7384 or email Volunteer@wchn.org.