LBPD Decked the Halls of Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach Spreading the Holiday Cheer by Reading Books to Patients

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Chief of Police Jim McDonnell reads to Miller Children’s patient, Luis Ortega, 5. McDonnell and more than fifteen other members of the Long Beach Police Department donated books to the Child Life Department and read books to patients.

To celebrate the holiday season and lift the spirits of patients at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) visited and read their favorite childhood books to patients. Patients were excited to see Chief McDonnell, Deputy Chief Luna, Deputy Chief Craig and Commanders Levy, Phillips and Renaud and hear them read stories. Patients were overjoyed and could not contain their big smiles when Chief Jim McDonnell handed out Junior Police Department badges making them honorary junior cadets.

The Long Beach Police Department opened their hearts to Miller Children’s patients and the sound of laughter could be heard throughout the halls as patients heard their favorite Curious George adventures. Not only did they read, but the LBPD presented the hospital with a generous donation of books for patients of all ages and their families to enjoy after the police officers left. Patients were excited to get a book from the officers and many exclaimed “This is my favorite” and went on to share all the reasons why they loved the book to the officers.

“LBPD’s generous officers have given us the opportunity to bring a smile to patient’s faces, and these books will bring fun and joy to future patients admitted this holiday season,” says Rita Goshert, manager, Child Life. “Our patients, families and care team all thank Long Beach Police Department for taking the time to bring our patients and visiting family members during the holidays.”

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