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Children's Hosptial patients design holiday cards

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” It won’t be long until Thanksgiving leftovers are a distant memory and it’s time to Deck the Halls.

What better way to spread a little holiday cheer than to listen to carols while writing notes to dear friends on holiday cards created with love by patients of the MUSC Children’s Hospital, and their siblings. “Kids Helping Kids” is an annual project that benefits research and programs at the Children’s Hospital. One hundred percent of the proceeds generated by sales of the cards directly support Children’s Hospital efforts.

McKenzie Evans, now 3, of Scranton, SC, was born 14 weeks early, weighing only 1 pound, 1 ounce. Her card features a hand-print Rudolph tangled in Christmas lights. Ronni Fisher, 8, of Charleston, is currently a leukemia patient at the Children’s Hospital, and her gingerbread couple is adorned with a frame of Starlight candies. Each card is a work of art, hand-painted and brought to life by children treated at the Children’s Hospital. Last year, the program raised $55,000.

Children’s Hospital Holiday Card artist Veronica (Ronni) Fisher, 8, center, shows off her card and is joined by her card sponsors, the Francis Marion Hotel’s Brittany O’Shaughnessy, left to right, and Kella Olsen and Y102.5’s Brian Cleary at the Holiday Card Project’s special ceremony.   photo provided

Each pack features 16 unique cards and sells for $15. The cards are available at the University hospital and Ashley River Tower gift shops; all four local Belk stores; select Great Clips; True Value; James and John Islands; all South Carolina Federal credit unions; Wonder Works stores; Charleston Place gift shop; Jim ‘N Nick’s restaurants and the Open House.

To order cards, visit

November 7, 2013

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