For nearly 120 Inland Valley children, a visit with some future health
professionals might just be the high-point of their holiday season at
Santa’s Workshop on December 8.
In its 13th year, the student-sponsored holiday celebration will be done
in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and
Family Services in the university’s Student Commons from 3-6 p.m. Children
attending will take part in crafts, caroling, Christmas tree decorating
and a traditional holiday dinner. University students will enact a holiday-
theme skit that concludes with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus who
will bring gifts for each child.
“”Every year, we see how important this day is to these children and our
students plan it with that in mind,”” said Tonii Lawrence, director of
university student relations. “”The university students love watching how
the children enjoy themselves.””
The university places a strong emphasis on compassionate patient care in
its curricula. In that tradition, a majority of the university’s 35-plus
clubs and organizations sponsor and support Santa’s Workshop to continue
their devotion to community service.
For more information on how to can be involved in Santa’s Workshop,
contact Ms. Lawrence at (909) 469-5616.