Courtney's Food Wagon raises gifts
She may be tiny, but she's bringing big cheer to Holston Valley Medical Center.
Six-year-old Courtney Good spent the first four months of her life as a patient in the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Now, she's going back to deliver goods just in time for Christmas.
Her family, the community and her kindergarten class at Indian Springs Elementary School helped Courtney collect food and donations. "We were blessed to have $682 in cash donated to us and we were able to do gift bags for the nurses, the children and the families in the NICU as well," says Courtney’s mom, Martha Good.
"It kind of makes me feel good,” adds Courtney.
In addition to mom and dad and little sister Cassidy, Courtney also brought along Santa and Mrs. Claus, a nice surprise for the children here. "I think it makes it feel like they're at home and at Christmas," says Courtney.
This is the third year of Courtney’s Food Wagon, an idea her mom says Courtney came up with on her own. “Our family, or Courtney’s Food Wagon Crew as I call them, there's tons of us working very hard," she said.
Delivery day helps Courtney and the family reconnect with the nurses and staff at Holston Valley. “It's family here. After you spend four months and you are re-admitted a couple of times it's not just someone you see that works with your kid, it's family," adds Martha Good.
Because of her young age Courtney couldn't actually visit with patients in their rooms, but she sent along a message. “I don't really get to go in there and see them, but if I could I would say Merry Christmas,” she said.
An act of kindness that reminds us you don't have to be big to a make a big difference in the lives of others. Click here to visit the Courtney’s Food Wagon Facebook page.
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