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Mormon Volunteers Spread Holiday Cheer

Children visiting family members at UnityPoint St. Lukes will have an easier time keeping busy. Members of the Young Women Organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spent the evening filling "busy bags" Wednesday to take to the hospital. Young Women leader, Sheenah Tonga, says the 12- to 18-year-old girls feel it's important to spread the holiday spirit. She said children spend long hours at hospital visits and these busy bags will keep them entertained. The bags are filled with coloring books, snacks and other items that were donated to the church. "It's something good to do, you know, make the kids feel better. Especially the children who are kind of stuck, you know, in the hospital over the holiday season. It's kind of just to brighten up their Christmas spirit a little bit. This is probably the most amazing thing I have ever been a part of," said Young Women participant Abigail Christensen. Tonga said the Young Women initially delivered tie blankets to the NICU and asked what other needs the hospital had, when nurses suggested the busy bags. The bags will be delivered one week from today when the girls go Christmas caroling at the hospital.

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