A group of local educators wanted to teach their own children the meaning of Christmas and also bring some cheer to the children in the Pediatric Unit at Marian Regional Medical Center today.

“We decided to come together and have formed a local mom’s group,” said spokesperson Patty Rodriguez.   “We want to show our children the value of giving; Christmas isn’t just about getting.”

This was the first year they joined together to donate toys and gifts, and they are already making plans for next year.  The group hopes to donate much needed diapers and supplies to the Marian Regional Medical Center Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  The visitors- all dressed as elves and reindeer and singing Christmas carols- brought much needed smiles to the children in the hospital.