C's Spread Holiday Cheer to Local Youth
BOSTON – The night before Christmas for most children is full of anticipation and glee awaiting the arrival of Santa. Yet, for some children this time of year is spent in local hospitals as the hope of waking up at home on Christmas morning is a mere dream.
This holiday season the Boston Celtics came together for two separate events to bring cheer to the youth of Boston that is spending the holiday season in the hospital.
The clatter in the hallways of Children’s Hospital Boston (CHB) was not that of old St. Nicholas. It was the Celtics very own Jeff Green, Courtney Lee, Brandon Bass, Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans, Kelly Olynyk and members of the coaching staff.
Room by room, players visited patients of CHB spreading holiday cheer by delivering gifts, taking pictures and signing autographs. Next, additional children joined the team for a party in the patient activity center where the youth enjoyed decorating holiday trees, singing Christmas carols and receiving gifts from the players and coaches in attendance.
Embracing the festivities Celtics forward Jeff Green, sporting an oversized Santa hat, joined patients at the kids table to color.
“This is a great time of year that I personally always look forward to,” Green said. “It is always nice to be out in the community helping where we can.”
The other half of the team – Rajon Rondo, Jordan Crawford, Jared Sullinger, MarShon Brooks, Phil Pressey and more coaches – teamed up to host 125 kids from Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Franciscan Hospital for Children (FHC) at the Prudential Skywalk Observatory.
With a picturesque view of the city in front of them, Celtics players and the kids enjoyed some friendly competition battling at arcade games and taking Rondo one-on-one at Connect-4. In addition, patients were able to take photos with an image of all 17 championship banners superimposed in the background so they could feel like a Celtics legend for the day.
With the energy high in the room, players took to the stage to sing Christmas carols for what was nothing short of an all-star performance. The youth giggled and cheered as Brooks and Sullinger stole the show with their rendition of “Frosty the Snowman.”
“It was very important for us to show up tonight,” Rondo said as children enjoyed the party behind him. “As a team we enjoy giving back to these kids.”
The party wrapped up with a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Clause and the unveiling of gifts for each of the children. Celtics players and coaches assisted Santa by passing out signed photos and Celtics basketballs.
It was apparent with the twinkling smiles on each child’s face that the holiday spirit had a special tint of green this season for the patients of CHB, BMC and FHC.