Duke Children’s Hospital works to give patients normalcy at Christmas
DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Duke Children’s Hospital kicked off its annual “Snow Blitz” event Thursday giving families a chance to shop for patients that will be away from home this Christmas.
Behind a door at the hospital are shelves filled with board games, toys, and stuffed animals.
The items are all there as potential presents for children who will spend the Christmas weekend at the hospital.
Dozens of volunteers serve as personal shoppers with the families and help wrap gifts.
Eleven-year-old Iyana Burnett has been at Duke Children’s Hospital since November as she battles leukemia.
She’s expected to stay another six months.
Her mom, Jasmine Patterson, is thankful Duke is making Christmas easy for them this weekend.
“The fact that we are going to be away from home and then they can actually bring Christmas to her that means a lot for me and I know it’s going to mean a