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Carilion nurses make Christmas special for family

Published: Dec. 24, 2021 at 6:18 PM EST
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - “My favorite part of my job is knowing that I’m created for it.”

Lindsay Young has been a nurse at Carillion for 12 years, and it’s a job she takes to heart. So much so, she and a team of nurses went above and beyond to make Christmas merry and bright.

“I think as nurses, we are constantly trying to find a way to serve others, so I wanted to find a way to serve our community,” she says. “I reached out to the guidance counselor at my youngest son’s elementary school, and said, ‘hey, do you have a family that we can help?’ and she said, ‘I just got my list of needs today, let me send you some. Do you just want one kid?’ and I said ‘no, we want a whole family!’ We got a single mom and three kids. I made boxes on the unit so we could collect all the things.”

This is the second year the group adopted a family for the holidays.

“I am incredibly blessed. My children want for nothing,” she continues. “They have the things that they need, they have the things that they want. I know that there’s people out there who don’t have those things, so I wanted to find someone who needed.”

Fulfilling a mission she faces every day of the year.

“I think that my job as a whole is not to impact just one person, but to impact everyone that I come into contact with. I think that sometimes the interaction that I have with those families maybe are not pleasant interactions; however, I’m creating memories for them that they are going to remember forever. They’re not going to remember my name, but they’re going to remember how I made them feel.”

All while doing a job she feels, she’s made for.

“It means that I don’t have to work hard to impact others because it just comes from me. That gives me feedback and makes me feel good.”

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