Tiny Trees for Children – decorate a miniature Christmas tree for hospitalized kids

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn (WDEF) – Area residents looking for an opportunity to brighten the lives of hospitalized children this holiday season can celebrate the return of the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger (CHE) “Tiny Trees” program coordinated by CHE’s Child Life and Erlanger Volunteer Services.

CHE is collecting miniature Christmas trees to decorate the rooms of our young patients in December. These small decorated trees will add a little brightness during difficult times for children and their families. Child life specialists will deliver the trees to children’s rooms and when patients leave the hospital, they may take their trees home.

Those wishing to contribute miniature trees may drop them off either Thursday, December 9, or Friday, December 10, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the table near the main entrance of the CHE Emergency Room on Blackford street. Please limit donations to two per organization. If your group would like to make a large donation, please contact Ann Oliver prior to starting.

“Being in the hospital is really difficult during the holidays. Being able to provide a simple normal thing for these kids in the hospital is so important. We at children’s try to make things as normal as possible but providing a Christmas tree during the holidays brings so much joy,” says Nicole Tetzlaff, Child Life Specialist at Erlanger.

Instructions for trees are as follows:

  • Trees must be 3 feet tall or smaller;
  • No live trees; they must be artificial;
  • Pick a theme for a child or teenager;
  • Ornaments may be purchased or handmade;
  • Toys, such as dolls or cars, may be wired onto trees;
  • No food items on trees;
  • Securely tie or wire ornaments onto trees; no loose ornaments.
  • Please be sure ornaments do not include glass, sharp objects or anything that could be a choking hazard.
  • Lights are great, but battery-powered lights are best.

For more information, contact Ann Oliver at (423) 778-7478 or email ann.oliver@erlanger.org


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