Thanksgiving meal served to pediatric patients, families at Central DuPage Hospital

  • Antonino Amodeo of Sugar Grove takes a post-Thanksgiving meal snooze at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Pediatric patients and families received gift cards and a catered meal from Holiday Heroes, a Chicago organization that hosts parties for children recovering in the hospital.

    Antonino Amodeo of Sugar Grove takes a post-Thanksgiving meal snooze at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. Pediatric patients and families received gift cards and a catered meal from Holiday Heroes, a Chicago organization that hosts parties for children recovering in the hospital. Courtesy of Northwestern Medicine

 
Submitted by Northwestern Medicine
Posted12/13/2018 10:25 PM

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.

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