As part of a community project for Thanksgiving, employees at Renaissance Austin Hotel made more than 1,200 “thinking of you” cards. Ascension Seton’s Volunteer Services estimates the number of cards is enough for every patient at every Ascension Seton hospital to receive a card on Thanksgiving Day. The cards are hand-made and include more than 250 child-oriented cards. Hotel staff dropped the cards off Nov. 18 at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas.
Ascension Seton Volunteer Services will sort the cards and distribute them across all Ascension Seton hospitals. Patients will receive the cards on Thanksgiving Day along with the hospital’s traditional holiday meal, a turkey dinner.
Gail Gorman, head of Dell Children’s volunteer services, said Thanksgiving is a particularly difficult time for families and close friends of a loved one who is hospitalized. Traditional dinners often are skipped so that people can gather at the hospital, or patients are saddened to miss those dinners because they aren’t well enough to go home.
“I’ve seen patients cry when they get cards like these,” she said, “It means a lot that someone cared enough to make a card from scratch and write them a note.”