Staff, volunteers surprise patients at Texas Children's Hospital with Valentine's Day gifts

HOUSTON – Do you remember being in elementary school and making your box or your bag for Valentine’s Day valentines? Well, unfortunately, there are some kids in our area not in school today to make those memories.

Nine-year-old Kamila Sett and 16-year-old Courtney Fink are among the many patients spending their Valentine's Day at Texas Children's Hospital. Though they'll miss out on the typical activities, they won't miss the holiday.

“This is something that I do hold close to my heart,” said Irma Vargas.

Irma is the chairperson of the hospital's Patient Activity Team. She has helped assemble hundreds of gift bags made up of crafts and donations from across the Houston area.

“They are made by women’s groups, girl scouts, some boy scouts and schools,” Vargas said.  “This will bring some joy to these kids.”

Her efforts aren't the only ones.

“B.I.G. Love is here to deliver some love as well,” Kerri Schaefer said.

While KPRC was shooting the story on Irma's team, they ran into B.I.G. Love Cancer Care's holiday gift basket team. They were also making their rounds and making some smiles.

“I think it’s actually like really great. It’s like, since they can’t go home for the holidays, they bring the holidays to the children,” Courtney said.

If you’d like to spread a little love on this Valentine’s Day, you can actually donate straight to Texas Children's Hospital through volunteer services. Your donation will help ensure these holiday celebrations keep happening.