Last year, Lauren Ward and her husband, Isaiah spent Christmas in the hospital with their daughter. They know how it feels to be away from home for the holidays. “We were in the hospital until February,” she says of the ordeal.
This year, Mrs. Ward wanted to give back to anyone in her previous position. Ward teaches eighth grade language arts for the Cambridge program at White Cliffs Middle School. She enlisted students to help give comfort to hospitalized patients at Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC) this holiday season – in the form of socks.
“We wanted to make sure we cover as many feet as possible,” said Ward.
Around 80 seventh and eighth grade students in the Cambridge program donated the socks. “I had some of these same students last year and they remember all the time we spent in the hospital. They were really excited to do it,” said Ward.
Ultimately, the students donated 215 pairs of socks for KRMC patients, and each pair came festively wrapped with a handwritten letter from the student who gifted it.
KRMC public relations staff delivered several boxes full of wrapped socks on Wednesday, December 20 to the hospital, bringing holiday cheer straight from the students. Ward says she wants to make this an annual event.
Photo caption: Lauren Ward (front row, fifth from left) surrounded by White Cliffs students and faculty holding wrapped socks to give to KRMC patients.