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Hilltop patients get a dose of holiday happiness

"Because many of our patients come to us through the social service system and with various medical needs, Northwoods serves as a home for them as they process. We provide them with the most homelike environment that we can by nurturing them as we would our own children, especially at Christmas," said Durling in a written statement.

Silipigno and his associates delivered many gifts, all which came of from various wish lists that he requested from the caregivers and children at Northwoods. Gifts include three computers, DVD/VCR machines, a PlayStation and rocking chairs for the infant room. The organization received boxes of baby supplies, bed sheets, clothing, toys and materials for crafts.

"We have to do what we can to make their little lives the best that they can be. We have to do what we can do so all of our departments came up with a wish list for each child, and we submitted one for the unit as well, [including] things that the nurses wished we had here, and they pretty much got us everything on our wish lists," said Durling.

"The staff was just turned inside out -- we were just thrilled to death because, for the most part, the kids become part of your life when you take care of them day after day, and you want to provide for them and give them what they deserve," said Durling.

For more information on Northwoods at Hilltop, go online to www.northwoodshelp.net. ""

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