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Kelsey-Seybold Spreads Holiday Magic with Donation to Houston Police Blue Santa

Alief ISD students attending Horn Elementary School were treated to a surprise visit by Kelsey Bear on Dec. 15 as part of an event hosted by the Houston Police Blue Santa program.

Kelsey-Seybold is a sponsor of the Houston Police Blue Santa program and recently donated $5,000 so that Alief ISD students could receive holiday gifts and bicycles. Kelsey Bear handed out teddy bears to delighted students.

Alief ISD awards Kelsey-Seybold Clinic the “Partner in Education” award. From left to right: Mary Starling, principal, Horn Elementary School; Marina Ramirez, M.D., pediatrician, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – Meyerland; Kelsey Bear; Jennifer Lai, M.D., pediatrician, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – Tanglewood; and Dee Jones, business and community coordinator, Alief ISD.

“We love being able to share the joy and happiness of the holidays with children,” said Jennifer Lai, M.D., a pediatrician at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – Tanglewood. “I loved seeing their smiling faces. Connecting with them outside of the office helps build relationships. We loved seeing them excited about their gifts and Kelsey Bear.”

Dr. Ramirez (left) and Dr. Lai helped Kelsey Bear give out miniature Kelsey bears to students.

This is the first year Kelsey-Seybold has participated with Blue Santa for this event. The proceeds raised from the sponsorships secured for this event are used to give Houston police officers toys for distribution to local families during the holiday season.

Lt. Jonathan Lui, Houston Police Department, and Jennifer Lai, M.D., had as much fun with Kelsey Bear as the students did.

“Kelsey-Seybold was an integral partner in making this event happen. We had a short time frame to pull this event off and Kelsey-Seybold immediately stepped up to the plate,” police Lt. Jonathan Lui said. “Without Kelsey-Seybold’s generous donation, these kids would not have received these gifts.”

Students couldn’t wait to have their photos taken with Kelsey Bear.

Both Kelsey-Seybold physicians noted the importance of having children see police and doctors in a positive, nonthreatening setting.

“We’re always happy to participate in community events. We want children to not just see us when they’re ill,” said Marina Ramirez, M.D., a pediatrician at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – Meyerland. “We want children to see doctors and police in a good light and to see us participating in situations that make them happy while still being safe.”

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