Franklin Woods Community Hospital | News Article

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Franklin Woods' superhero-themed Christmas tree a special surprise for 5-year-old boy

The tree was part of Franklin Woods' annual Christmas tree auction that benefits the Team Member Emergency Fund.5-year-old Carey shows off his superhero pajamas and the Christmas tree from Franklin Woods.

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – A superhero-themed Christmas tree from Franklin Woods’ annual Christmas tree auction ended up making a 5-year-old boy’s Christmas very special.

The story behind the tree is heartwarming. Each year the hospital sponsors the tree auction as a fundraiser for the Team Member Emergency Fund. The hospital administration provides the trees and team members from the different departments show their creativity by decorating the trees following different themes. The trees are displayed in the Terrace Bistro Café with the silent auction open over the course of four days.

The med/surg department contributed a tree with a superhero theme and included costumes and toys for Batman, Captain America, Spider Man and others. One of the Franklin Woods team members, Carissa Theobald, an RN on the med/surg unit, has an uncle who lives in Kodak, Tenn., and is a Merchant Marine. Carissa’s uncle saw the tree on Facebook and knew it would be perfect for his 5-year-old son, Carey, and wanted to give the boy a special gift since his Merchant Marine duties would have him at sea in the Atlantic over Christmas and away from his son.

Carissa confirmed that her uncle would be able to bid on the tree, and he was able to get it through the TMAG auction. Several other Franklin Woods team members, including Dr. Ginger Carter, Lisa Holley, RN, and members of the Family Birth Center, and Kathleen Gray and the EVS staff, were so moved by the story that they contributed extra gifts to the tree before it was delivered.

Carissa and Carey’s grandmother assembled the tree for Carey at his home in Kodak, and his face lit up with excitement when he entered the room, saw the tree and was told it was from his father. He put the superhero pajamas on and enjoyed a very special Christmas gift from Daddy, thanks to the team members at Franklin Woods!

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