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Published on July 27, 2018

Newborns Just One of Many Supported by Student Gifts

Photo of local students donating over 100 baby hat for infants and toddlers at MidMichigan Medical Center - Midland.Local students deliver approximately 100 baby hats for infants and toddlers receiving care at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland. Shown delivering the baby hats are: 

Top row, left to right: Maddy, Elizabeth, Kathy Amble, R.N., MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland, Chris and Tianna 

Middle row, left to right: Aaron, William and Claire 

Front row, left to right: Isabel, Cheryl, Faith and Sean

Local students are brightening the lives of many through their gifts of time, talent and kindness. From baby hats to chocolate crosses, their special gifts are landing in the hands of grateful recipients across the area including MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland.

A recent visit to the Medical Center by the students brought approximately 100 baby hats for newborns and toddlers. These hats were made during a three day, two night retreat for middle school students during an event called Mini YES (Youth Encountering Service) held at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church in Midland. Six high school and two college students helped facilitate the event.

According to Melissa Shields, youth ministry coordinator at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church, a number of community service projects were done to help spread their support amongst others.

“The students worked every day at Midland Recyclers,” added Shields. “They helped clean up the yard around the building, sorted recycle products and learned the importance of recycling. These efforts were instrumental in helping Midland Recyclers prepare to celebrate their 31st anniversary. In addition, the students made pompom rugs for Blessed Sacrament Church’s youth program. Chocolate crosses were also given to the Midland and Saginaw County Detention Centers and area churches so recipients would know they are loved.”

“We are honored to have our youngest patients be included in this group of many who benefitted from the efforts of these wonderful students,” said Susan Gunn, R.N., B.S.N., manager, Maternal Child Health, MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland. “For some of our new parents, these hats will be one of the very first gifts that they receive for their newborn. Knowing that it was the kindness of someone who they didn’t know that did this to help them celebrate in the joy of their infant’s birth makes their special gifts even more meaningful.”