Third graders write Christmas cards for patients

Third-grade students at Cornerstone Elementary School in Rancho Palos Verdes hold up Christmas cards they designed that will be delivered to patients at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

Torrance Memorial Medical Center patients will get a sweet surprise on their breakfast trays Christmas morning: a handmade card.

Palos Verdes High School junior Izzet Kosar and his sister Artemisia, a sophomore, are volunteers at the hospital and have seen many patients come and go in their 21/2 years there.

But they also know some patients don’t get to go home during the holidays.

“Seeing patients leave the hospital all healthy is the best part of the job,” Izzet said in an email. “After all, they are getting the best care available here. But I feel for those who are not yet ready to leave.”

That’s when they remembered a time in third grade when they were able to reach out to veterans through letters. So, they contacted their third grade teacher – Barbie Hokanson at Cornerstone Elementary School in Rancho Palos Verdes – and she got her class and the whole school on board to make holiday cards for patients who can’t be home for the holidays.

In total, they made 250 cards that will be given to patients on Christmas morning.

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