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Local Giving by BHS Interact Students Brings Cheer to Hospitalized Children at SMHC


A hospital stay isn’t how most of us would prefer to spend the holidays but it’s especially hard for children who miss the excitement of Christmas morning and opening gifts under the tree. Thanks to the generosity of donors and the volunteer efforts of Biddeford High School’s (BHS) Interact Club, children at Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) received a new toy to brighten their day during the holidays.

“It means so much to the children to have a gift to open,” said Jan Roberts, RN, manager of obstetrics and pediatrics at SMHC. “We are very grateful to the BHS Interact Club for helping to make the holidays bright for them.”

“Seventy kids are members of the Interact Club, and it was a joyful experience for them to help others in need during the holidays,” added BHS Chemistry Teacher and Interact Club Director Ruth Shaw.

BHS senior and Interact Club officer Ryan Paquereau helped Shaw make the delivery to SMHC. Interact members also helped the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club purchase and wrap gift baskets for local families.

About Southern Maine Health Care
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare system, including two acute care medical centers; one in Biddeford, Maine licensed for 150 beds and one in Sanford, Maine, licensed for 58 beds. SMHC offers excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group with medical offices providing outpatient care located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro. Eldercare services are provided through four sites located in Sanford. Non-emergency care is available at Walk-In Care centers in Saco and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited, Pathway to Excellence designated, state-licensed, and is a member of the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit or @smhcHealth on Twitter.

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