Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo's Communications Office
Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo visits University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital

Press Release Date:  Friday, December 19, 2008  
Contact Information:  Sarah Baird

The holiday season provides an opportunity each year for Kentuckians across the Commonwealth to reflect on their many blessings and reach out to help those in their communities who may be less fortunate. Especially this year, when the tough economic times have many families struggling daily, it is more important than ever that Kentuckians think about one another.

Leading by example, the Beshear-Mongiardo Administration has taken the importance of community service to heart this December. For the past two weeks, the staffs of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor’s Offices have been encouraged to bring in new, unused toys to donate to the children of the University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital. The staff rose to the challenge, collecting over 60 presents for some of the young patients who are most in need this Christmas or who have had the longest stays in the hospital clinics.

Today, Lieutenant Governor Dr. Daniel Mongiardo had the chance to deliver these gift-wrapped presents to the children. In the hospital’s playroom, parents and hospital staff gathered to watch as the pile of presents quickly became scattered paper, ribbons and bows as children grabbed their gifts and beamed with delight to unwrap their new toys and games.

“This is what the spirit of the season is really all about—giving back,” said Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo. “As a medical doctor, it is especially poignant for me to have the opportunity to deliver these gifts today. I know how hard illness can be not only on young children but on families as well. I hope this celebration today and these toys provide a little bit of joy in what can be a difficult time of year, especially in these tough economic conditions.”

While the University of Kentucky Hospital has been taking care of children since 1962, the Kentucky Children’s Hospital was opened in 1997 specifically for the care of youth. The hospital is renowned for its service, commitment to care and serves patients from all 120 counties. For more information on how to get involved or volunteer at the University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital, visit