Bringing holiday cheer. Employees of the MRICD visited Edgewood Elementary School on December 19 bearing gifts donated by the institute’s staff. From right to left, Chris Gonzalez from Edgewood Elementary, Heidi Hoard-Fruchey and Jessica Chandler from USAMRICD and Karen Cunningham from Edgewood Elementary. Photo by Mr. Eric Woltz.
MRICD employees supported 13 children, ranging in age from 9 months to 17 years, from three different Edgewood Elementary School families. Over 124 items were donated. MRICD employees purchased clothing, shoes, and pajamas for each child. Additional gifts included slippers, robes, winter coats, hats, gloves, and scarfs, as well as books, games, dolls, action figures, and a variety of other toys. Available to all students at the school were handmade hats by MRICD intern Diane Hildenberger and thick fuzzy socks, compliments of Tim Byrne. The following individuals from the MRICD gathered a few days earlier to wrap all the wonderful presents: Jessica Chandler, Heidi Hoard-Fruchey, Thuy Dao, Amanda McGuire, Cheri Roseberry, Diane Hildenberger, Robyn Lee-Stubbs, Erin O'Keefe, John Lehman, Sandy DeBus, Betty Benton, and Carl Ducummon.