The sounds, the sights, even the smells of the holidays are upon us. They're also very much alive at Riley Hospital. To honor Riley physicians and help needy families, the hospital adopted 100 foster children from Meridian's Wesley House.
"We go and shop and buy toys. Wesley goes and furnishes the list of what the kids would like and then our employees go and shop for the kids," said Riley physician recruiter Sharon Futch.
Kay Wilson is one of the physicians to provide gifts for one of the foster kids. She says she is more than happy to help someone less fortunate than she.
"There's just so many children here in this area that are underprivileged and don't have the chance or the opportunities to receive and this just gives these kids a great Christmas," Wilson said.
The gifts for the foster children were abundant this year. Riley employees say it's a great opportunity to brighten Christmas for children.
"It's amazing how many people actually do turn out and buy presents, not only what the hospital allows us to, but we go above and beyond that every year," said Wilson.
"Oh, it just makes me so happy and to think that those little kids are going to be so happy when they get Christmas morning and have all of these gifts to open," Futch said.
Riley employees don't actually know any of the kids. All they know are their first names and what gifts will make a new Christmas memory.
Altogether, the hospital and its employees will have spent over $6,000 on gifts for the foster children.