Kyra Citron, dressed as Mrs. Claus and representing the Charles Lafitte Foundation, delivers good cheer and gifts to patients at The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center.
LONG BRANCH, NJ – The Charles Lafitte Foundation, a local non-profit dedicated to building hope and raising awareness for community programs that help children, and 12-year-old Kyra Citron recently helped brighten the holiday season for patients in The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center.
Along with her mother Suzanne, Kyra Citron visited the hospital dressed as Mrs. Claus to spread cheer and distribute gifts to children spending time in the hospital during the holiday season.
“There are so many amazing organizations and programs, like The Unterberg Children’s Hospital, that help children live a better, healthier life every day,” explained Kyra. “But sometimes, these organizations need help in order to help others.”
The Citron family’s black Labrador Retriever is the namesake of the Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF). Jeffrey and Suzanne Citron established CLF in 1999 to help people help themselves and the others around them to lead healthy, satisfying and enriched lives.
“We’re so grateful to Kyra and the Citron family for their dedication to lifting the spirits of patients and families who spend the holidays at The Unterberg Children’s Hospital,” said Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS, president and chief executive officer of Monmouth Medical Center. “CLF’s commitment to encouraging altruism in children helps make the world a better a place.”
About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with the Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest academic medical centers and has been a teaching affiliate of Philadelphia’s Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation’s largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org.
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