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Gadsden NJROTC Cadets Spread Holiday Cheer at El Paso Children’s Hospital with Heartfelt Toy Drive

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- This week's Sunday Funday moment, generously brought to you by Sarah Farms, captures the touching efforts of these compassionate students. Gadsden High School's NJROTC cadets, led by Senior Naval Science Instructor Mark Morrell, orchestrated a festive toy drive to bring holiday cheer to children at the local Children's Hospital. Hosting their own toy drive at Gadsden, the cadets passionately collected, packed, and personally delivered a bundle of joy to brighten the lives of young patients spending Christmas in the hospital.

The initiative aimed to connect students with the reality that there are peers their age, or even younger, grappling with various health conditions during the holiday season. "Cadets connect with the idea of being able to brighten up a child's holiday, even though they are in the hospital," expressed Morrell.

Nicole Boik, a Child Life Specialist at El Paso Children's Hospital, expressed, "We don't tell our families in advance before we receive donations before we pass out toys, so it's always like Christmas whenever they get an item, and it makes their day. They appreciate it more than anyone knows."

According to El Paso Children's Hospital staff member, each gift, made a meaningful contribution to brightening the lives of young patients during their hospital stay. Morrell emphasized the importance of slowing down during the holiday rush and embracing the spirit of giving.

The cadets' act of generosity serves as a reminder that even a small gesture can make a significant impact, especially during the holiday season. With every toy collected and every smile sparked, these NJROTC cadets created lasting memories and brought a touch of warmth to the Children's Hospital, exemplifying the true spirit of giving.

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