Roland Asselin's generosity remembered

Roland Asselin, long-time volunteer at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital had a heart as big as the belly on his Santa Claus suit. Roland always put others before himself. Children were especially close to Roland's heart and every Christmas Roland would turn into Santa and visit the children on Pediatrics delivering gifts. After Christmas, Roland continued to give many hours as he volunteered on the floors, collected patient menus, and helped in the emergency room giving comfort to families waiting for their sick and injured friends and relatives.

Roland would bring food to the staff, knowing that many times they could not get off the floors. That was Roland, always thinking of others. Even when Roland became ill, he still came to the hospital to volunteer - helping in whatever way he could even if he was only able to sit at a desk and work.

When Roland passed away, Frank & Linda Johnston wanted to carry on the memory of his caring and devotion and established the Roland Asselin Pediatric Gift Fund. With money donated to the fund, gifts are purchased at Christmas and distributed to pediatric patients at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.

This year, along with store bought items purchased through the Roland Asselin Pediatric Gift Fund,

Santa and his elves made a stop to the Pediatric Unit at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital to deliver a sleigh full of wooden gifts handmade by the Mason Dixon Woodworking Club.

Mason Dixon Woodworker volunteers produce handmade wooden educational toys for underprivileged children for hundreds of Delmarva children every Christmas season and year round.

These toys are created to teach children colors, numbers, alphabet, manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination, thereby fostering growth and development as they play with the toys. Members of the group volunteer their time and talents to craft over one thousand such wooden toys every year. The toys are then given to community organizations that hand them out to children in need, from churches to hospitals.

The gifts provided by the Roland Asselin Pediatric Gift Fund and the Mason Dixon Woodworking Club were presented to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital through the Nanticoke Health Services Foundation.

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