TULSA, Okla. — Chick-fil-A is giving to those who could use a little holiday cheer. They donated 500 bags of meals to patients, families and staff at the Children's Hospital at St. Francis.
A donation that, while small, meant a lot to those there for the holidays.
“Everyone here, there are so many families going through so much," said Dana Bristow, whose son is a patient at the hospital. "And, especially this time of year, it’s nice to know how many out there that really care.”
Bristow and her son Bryant have been at the hospital for a week. For her and other families and patients, this donation brings some light during a tough time.
“It’s familiar, it’s fun, it’s outside of the ordinary of what they’ve had for the amount of time that they’ve been here," said Lauren Scarbrough, administrative supervisor for the Children's Hospital. "And for the parents and the families, it’s one less stress and thing they have to worry about over a holiday.”
Chick-fil-A has been donating meals to the Children's Hospital on Christmas Eve for more than 13 years. They said they're always looking for ways to serve others.
“Everybody has the opportunity to serve others," said Arther Greeno, Chick-fil-A franchise owner. "And so often people just discredit, ‘I can’t donate $10,000’ or ‘I can’t do this big project.’ This to me shows it doesn’t have to be big, it can be small. It can be in the lane that you’re in. We’re in the lane for serving people so this fits with us.”
Bristow and Bryant play with toys as they wait for their chance to go home. She said she’s thankful for those who’ve made their time in the hospital during the holidays a little more jolly.
“I never realized how many people come out and help at Children's Hospitals, donating toys, food and time," Bristow said. "And it is the biggest blessing to see all these hearts going out to children.”
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