More than 20 students from Trinity Hall, an all-girls high school in the Catholic tradition located in Middletown Township, recently visited Monmouth Medical Center to spread holiday cheer and deliver toys to patients in The Unterberg Children’s Hospital as part of their “Christmas Cheer for All to Hear” service project.
During their visit, the students were greeted by a team of Monmouth Medical Center staff, including Meg Fisher, M.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics and medical director of The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, and pet therapy dogs from The Freed Pet Therapy Program.
“Monmouth Medical Center is grateful for the efforts of the young women from Trinity Hall. Their desire to give back will brighten the lives of our youngest patients during this holiday season,” said Dr. Fisher.
The project, created and planned by students in freshman theology classes to meet the needs of the local community, was part of the students’ final assessment in the course. In addition to designing the project, students presented the idea to fellow classmates who then evaluated all proposed projects, with one project chosen to be completed the following school year with the support of Trinity Halls’ entire student body and faculty members.
The students who developed “Christmas Cheer for All to Hear,” presented their project dressed as Santa and his elves and shared information about children in the hospital and the financial drain this may cause families. Additionally, the students filmed a short video to further emphasize their message.
“These young women are to be commended for their hard work — Monmouth Medical Center and our patients truly appreciate their generosity,” said Tara Kelly, vice president, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation.
Each month at Trinity Hall, the service club works on at least one student-led project. Since the school year began, students have collected more than $700 for the Red Bank Crop Walk and more than 1,000 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. They also volunteered at Holiday Express in Tinton Falls. This Christmas season, in addition to donating gifts to patients of The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, students adopted three families through Family Promise of Monmouth County and are creating fleece blankets to donate to a local church.
To learn more about The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, visit barnabashealth.org/uch.
PHOTO: Meg Fisher, M.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics and medical director of The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center and Ashley Boyd, development manager with Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, welcome students and administrators from Trinity Hall. Far left: Meg Fisher, M.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics and medical director of The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center (front); Ashley Boyd, development manager, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation (back); Melissa Whelan, humanities teacher at Trinity Hall (back). Far right: Abby Kelly, Trinity Hall Board of Trustees (back); Mary Sciarrillo, Head of School, Trinity Hall (front); Sister Mariann Mahon, campus minister, Trinity Hall (front).