More than 20 students from Trinity Hall, an all-girls high school in the
Catholic tradition located in Middletown Township, recently visited Monmouth
Medical Center to spread holiday cheer and deliver toys to patients in
The Unterberg Children’s Hospital as part of their “Christmas
Cheer for All to Hear” service project.
During their visit, the students were greeted by a team of Monmouth Medical
Center staff, including Meg Fisher, M.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics
and medical director of The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth
Medical Center, and pet therapy dogs from The Freed Pet Therapy Program.
“Monmouth Medical Center is grateful for the efforts of the young
women from Trinity Hall. Their desire to give back will brighten the lives
of our youngest patients during this holiday season,” said Dr. Fisher.
The project, created and planned by students in freshman theology classes
to meet the needs of the local community, was part of the students’
final assessment in the course. In addition to designing the project,
students presented the idea to fellow classmates who then evaluated all
proposed projects, with one project chosen to be completed the following
school year with the support of Trinity Halls’ entire student body
and faculty members.
The students who developed “Christmas Cheer for All to Hear,”
presented their project dressed as Santa and his elves and shared information
about children in the hospital and the financial drain this may cause
families. Additionally, the students filmed a short video to further emphasize
“These young women are to be commended for their hard work —
Monmouth Medical Center and our patients truly appreciate their generosity,”
said Tara Kelly, vice president, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation.
Each month at Trinity Hall, the service club works on at least one student-led
project. Since the school year began, students have collected more than
$700 for the Red Bank Crop Walk and more than 1,000 pounds of food for
the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. They are also volunteering
at Holiday Express in Tinton Falls. This Christmas season, in addition
to donating gifts to patients of The Unterberg Children’s Hospital
at Monmouth Medical Center, students have adopted three families through
Family Promise of Monmouth County and are creating fleece blankets to
donate to a local church.
To learn more about The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth
Medical Center, visit
PHOTO: Meg Fisher, M.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics and medical director
of The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center
and Ashley Boyd, development manager with Monmouth Medical Center Foundation,
welcome students and administrators from Trinity Hall.
Far left: Meg Fisher, M.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics and medical
director of The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical
Center (front); Ashley Boyd, Development Manager, Monmouth Medical Center
Foundation (back); Melissa Whelan, humanities teacher at Trinity Hall (back)
Far right: Abby Kelly, Trinity Hall Board of Trustees (back); Mary Sciarrillo,
Head of School, Trinity Hall (front); Sister Mariann Mahon, campus minister,
Trinity Hall (front).
About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health
facility, along with The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth
Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest teaching hospitals
and has been an 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.
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