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Volunteers Plan Thanksgiving Dinner for Families at WVU Children's Hospital
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on November 29, 2013 @ 10:44AM
Created on November 28, 2013 @ 7:43PM

It's not the way any parent wants to spend a holiday. Your child is sick and is fighting for his or her life.

All you want to do is be together at home, but unfortunately, sometimes the hospital becomes home.

Jenessa Hall has an 11-month-old boy who has a congenital heart disease. She said, "That's just hard anyway when your son is sick."

Megan Skaggs has a young boy who is also fighting heart disease. He's only a few weeks old. 

"It's very stressful. We have to take it day by day and hour by hour with him to make sure he's ok," said Skaggs.

That's why this year volunteers at WVU Children's Hospital decided to make Thanksgiving as special as they could for families with sick children. They pitched in their own money and reached out to businesses in order to provide a Thanksgiving feast. They were able to serve more than 60 people.

Leigh Limerick is a Communications Specialist for WVU Healthcare. She's the person who coordinated the event on behalf of her department. She said, "I thought I'd spend the day with some new friends who I hadn't met before and do something worth while."

The support was overwhelming. People donated money, food, and a few businesses ended up chipping in as well. They all decided to help so they could try and make things a little easier for people spending the holiday far away from home.

"People take that for granted, being able to be with your family on this day and we're not," said Skaggs.

"My 3-year-old is also with us and she might not really understand everything, but you can tell it's difficult for her too," said Hall.

Thursday's spread with all the fixings was more than just a meal. It provided people with an opportunity to sit, chat and get away, while enjoying a plate full of food made with love.

"It means a lot just to be able to do that even if it's just for a little while. It's a big comfort," said Skaggs.

Family members are saying the people who helped make it all happen have been added to their list of things they're thankful for.

"They're always doing really nice things like this and it makes this a much easier process," said Hall.

"This is what the holidays are all about and it's the greatest thing in the world," said Limerick.

Staff members who helped plan this year's Thanksgiving meal are hopeful that others will help carry on the tradition next year.



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