For six years, Toni Hunter-Barnes and her husband, Larry Barnes, have delighted Crouse Hospital patients with their Santa and Mrs. Claus visit at Christmastime. Bringing 250 new Teddy Bears with them, “Santa” and “Mrs. Claus” visited Crouse’s 4 South Irving Unit, the Kienzle Family Maternity Center and other areas of the hospital in December 2011. As a Crouse Hospital nurse, Toni knows first-hand how much visits like these can mean to patients hospitalized over the holidays.
Five apprentice electricians and an instructor from the Central New York Joint Apprenticeship Training Center (CNYJATC) visited Crouse Hospital before the holidays with gifts for the babies in the Baker Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This special donation, funded through the apprentices’ “Cans-4-Kids” fundraising drive, included two “bouncy” seats and an assortment of sleeper outfits, blankets and socks, sized for premature infants. This is the second year the apprentices have visited Crouse with gifts, and we are honored to have been chosen again as one of the beneficiaries of their holiday effort. NICU Nurse Lina Mamont (center) accepted all the items from (left to right) Brian Stevens, Instructor David Nichols, Kevin Klee, Mike Perez, Christopher Gebhart and Craig Branch (who was joined by sons Ruell, 9, and Ezra, 5.)