Pomona, CA – For the 10th year in a row, dozens of Pomona Valley children
will enjoy a festive holiday celebration, courtesy of students at Western
University of Health Sciences (WesternU).
More than 100 children – a record number – from Los Angeles County’s
Children’s Services Department, are scheduled to celebrate the season with
WesternU students from 4:30-8:00 p.m., on Friday, December 17, in the
University’s Student Commons. After enjoying arts and crafts, decorating
a Christmas tree, singing Christmas carols and sitting down to a
traditional holiday meal, each child will receive gifts from Santa and
Santa’s Workshop is sponsored by WesternU’s student clubs, with support
from faculty, administration and local businesses and organizations which
join together to fund the event. Catering, for example, is being done by
Impressions Gourmet Catering of Ontario. The event traditionally takes
place following final exams on the last day of class before the
University’s winter break.
“”Holding Santa’s Workshop and volunteering at the event is a great way for
us to be reminded about why we’re becoming health care professionals,””
said John Dunlap, Jr., a second-year osteopathic medical student and chief
organizer of the party. “”Christmas is about caring for those in need, and
that’s what a health care career is all about, too – being there for
people who need care.””
Students from three of WesternU’s five colleges will volunteer at the
party. They are: COMP; the College of Allied Health Professions (physical
therapy and physician assistant students); and the College of Pharmacy.
WesternU places a strong emphasis throughout its curricula on instilling
humanistic values in its students. A large percentage of the University’s
35-plus student clubs and organizations are, like Santa’s Workshop,
dedicated to community service.
“”I’m continually impressed – but not surprised – by the quality of time
and energy that our students give to serving their neighbors,”” said
WesternU President Philip Pumerantz, PhD. “”Skilled hands and compassionate
hearts will continue to be the signature of all of our graduates —
exactly what is needed in health care today.””