Adventist Review Online | La Sierra University Students Bring Holiday Cheer, Warmth to Others

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School volunteers distribute toys, quilts to young patients and victims of California fires.

As the holiday season approached, students of La Sierra University, a Seventh-day Adventist school in Riverside, California, United States, distributed gifts of toys and quilts to brighten the days and warm the nights of young people facing big challenges. 

Members of the La Sierra University Golden Eagles baseball team, led by coach Gabriel Gamboa, conducted a campus-wide toy drive in late November 2018 to benefit patients of the pediatric hematology/oncology unit at the Pediatric Specialty Clinics in San Bernardino, California, United States, an outpatient service of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. 

Earlier that month, students in two religion classes helped pack quilts donated by the university’s Stahl Center for World Service. The quilts were shipped for distribution to those who had lost their homes during the devastating Camp Fire that destroyed most of the city and surrounding areas of Paradise, California.

On Friday, November 30, the Golden Eagles baseball team members paraded into the pediatric clinic carrying a big box decorated with holiday wrapping and overflowing with Christmas cheer — action figures, games, dolls, plastic building block kits, bubble shooters, plastic animal figures, and many other toys. More than 100 toys altogether were donated by the campus, including more than 30 toys that were purchased and contributed by team members and their families.

Toys for Patients

Accompanied by clinic staff, the ballplayers handed out some of the toys to youngsters who came that day with family members for their appointments. Clinic staff later gave out the remainder of the toys to patients as they arrived for treatment. The clinic’s patients, who range in age from infants to 24 years old, visit for various types of treatments, including chemotherapy infusions.

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