by Maria Ong
This year, 168 children and family members attended the Grow Clinic Holiday Party held on December 16th. Held in a new larger space in the Hiebert Lounge of the Boston University School of Medicine. The celebration was as colorful as it was joyful. Mixed in with more traditional décor were pastel-dyed pineapples, hula skirts, and leis to fit the party theme of Disney’s Moana. Staff members from the Grow Clinic and its research affiliate, Children’s HealthWatch, and Redeemer volunteers as well as others from the Hanscom Air Force Base and the Unitarian Church in Belmont helped to make the party a success for the families served by the Clinic.
Over fifty Redeemer members contributed their time and many talents to the party. The Redeeming Knitters knitted mittens and hats all year around to donate to the Mitten Tree. Fifteen members of the Youth Group shopped in advance for toys for guests’ gift bags. Dozens baked and decorated cookies and donated hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, and children’s books. Organized by Chris Needham, eighteen Redeemer volunteers were at the party. They served food, assisted kids with crafts, and helped attendees make selections from the Mitten Tree. Redeemer’s own Highway 49 entertained party goers with live holiday music. The Mission Committee allocated $3,400 to pay for the food, face painters and all the other costs. Members donated over $2,000 at the Crèche service and during the Advent season, to pay for the toys bought by the Youth Group, and for children’s books diapers and other supplies for the families. Chris Needham reflected, “The holiday party is a big event that the families and staff of the Clinic really look forward to. It seems to get bigger and better every year.”
Dr. Deborah Frank, the Founder and Director of the Clinic, expressed her gratitude to Redeemer Church. She declared, “This party would not happen without the Church. We are very grateful.”
The Grow Clinic for Children, founded in 1984, is an outpatient clinic at the Boston Medical Center that provides medical, nutritional, developmental and social services needs of children and their families in the Greater Boston area for babies and toddlers who suffer from failure to thrive (FTT). For more information on the Clinic at Boston Medical Center, see: https://www.bmc.org/programs/grow-clinic.
Photos of the party by Maria Ong
by Maria Ong