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Christmas spirit, dogs fill the halls of New Hanover Regional Medical Center


‘Twas three nights before Christmas, when all through the medical center
Volunteers and dogs were roaming, looking for rooms to enter.
The patients were waiting for the chance to pet a dog,
In hopes that the carolers would raise them from their fog.
When out from the hallway there arose such a clatter,
They sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

As much as these patients would like to be home for Christmas, they might not be. That is why hospital volunteers decided to try their hand at caroling Tuesday night, and most of them brought pet therapy dogs.

“They provide emotional support. It makes them forget their own anxiety and pain for a while when they get to pet a dog,” said Patrice Kaizar.

Diane Ashline’s grandson was a bit taken back by the carolers and therapy dogs. He did not quite know how to act, but Diane did. She was appreciative. “I think it’s wonderful, it spreads so much love and cheer for all the Christmas time,” she said. “I just think it’s wonderful that they do this for the children. It needs to be a tradition that goes on and on and on.”

The singing certainly doesn’t make the wounds or an illness go away, but perhaps the sound of Christmas in the air can make patients forget about their troubles – and think about happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

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videoThe sounds of the season rang through the halls of New Hanover Regional Medical Center Tuesday night. WWAY’s John Rendleman was there as volunteers and pet therapy dogs shared the Christmas spirit with patients.

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