The holidays are usually filled with joy, laughter and giving. But for families with children in Pediatric or Neonatal Intensive Care Units, these times can be a little more somber. In an effort to give back and spread some cheer to these children and their families, the Dixie State University men’s basketball team and cheerleading squad held their annual visit to Dixie Regional Medical Center on December 11.
Thanks to the generosity of DSU supporters Markay and Ashley Johnson, the teams provide gifts for children, their siblings and other youth in need each year. Smiles, laughter and even a few tears were shed as these students brought Christmas to those spending the holidays away from home.
“Being able to spread Christmas cheer to these kids who have to be here over the holidays was really impactful,” shared Frank Staine, a freshman forward at Dixie State. “ I really enjoyed giving back and helping the kids have a better day.”
The teams filled the hallways of DRMC carrying loads of presents and singing carols for all to hear. The athletes paid special visits to the youngest patients of the hospital to deliver gifts with the help of their special visitor, Santa Clause.
This year the teams were also able to give some holiday cheer to homeless youth at Youth Futures. “Serving children and youth in our St. George community is truly special,” said Head Cheer Coach Kristi Shaw. “It’s inspiring to do this as it brings holiday cheer to those at the hospital or without a home over Christmas. This just brings that extra spirit and it teaches our teams the importance of service in a meaningful way.”