Thanksgiving meal served to pediatric patients, families at Central DuPage Hospital
Spending the holidays in the hospital isn't ideal for anyone, let alone children.
But for dozens of pediatric patients at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, it's a reality that's become very familiar.
That's why a group of volunteers are spending their time bringing a little extra holiday cheer to patients and families.
Holiday Heroes, a nonprofit organization based in Chicago and Los Angeles, hosts theme parties for children recovering in the hospital.
Just a few days shy of Thanksgiving, the group surprised pediatric patients at Central DuPage Hospital with gift cards, craft kits and toys, along with a catered meal for caregivers. For parents like Teresa Amodeo, it's comforting knowing that others want to go above and beyond -- especially during the holiday season.
"When you're stuck in the hospital, it's so wonderful to receive something simple, like a hot meal," she says. "My one-month-old son, Antonino, has been in the hospital for the past month. We're hopeful that we'll be able to go home before Thanksgiving. We have so much to be grateful for this year."
To learn more about Holiday Heroes, visit holiday-heroes.org.