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Fifth-Grade Class Shows Giving Spirit
December 19, 2012


Mrs. Stejskal and her fifth grade class at Fairhope Intermediate School after wrapping all the gifts they purchased for a needy family of Mercy Medical’s Guardian Angel Program.


Margaret Nobles, Hunter Wilhelm, Jake Barillari, and Caroline Carnley wrap a special gift for a patient in Mercy’s Pediatric Home Care.

Mrs. Stejskal, a fifth-grade teacher at Fairhope Intermediate School, suggested that her class adopt a needy family instead of buying her Christmas gifts. Donna Wilhelm, a parent and staff member of Mercy Medical recommended a needy family of Mercy’s Guardian Angel program. Guardian Angel provides pediatric home care to critically and terminally ill children of Baldwin and Mobile counties. Mercy Medical serves any child in need no matter of their family’s ability to pay. Many of these families face financial struggles and each year, through Guardian Angel the neediest families are adopted by the community. The students and their parents were thrilled with the chance to help such a worthy cause and a family in need.

The class collected donations and Mercy Medical purchased gifts from the children’s wish list.

On December 17, 2012, Mrs. Stejskal’s fifth-grade class wrapped the gifts to celebrate the season as Donna Wilhelm shared how meaningful their gifts will be to a Guardian Angel family.

“We are truly blessed; it means so much more to help someone in need,” said Mrs. Stejskal.

“We are so grateful to Mrs. Stejskal for her suggestion. Having a critically ill child is already an unbearable hardship. What a touching gesture to adopt one of these special families and what a very valuable lesson for the class in giving and caring for others,” said Donna Wilhelm, VP of marketing and government relations for Mercy Medical and parent to Hunter Wilhelm, a fifth grader in Mrs. Stejskal’s class.

Each of the students expressed the joy they felt in being able to help another family have a Merry Christmas.