On Saturday November 24th, 2018, XUSOM’s American Medical Student Association (AMSA) members descended on Casa Cuna Orphanage to bring some Christmas cheer. Casa Cuna is one of several orphanages on Aruba that provides care for about 30 children under the age of 12. AMSA originally held a dress down day fundraiser on October 31st and the student body came out in force to help a good cause. With a small donation the students were able to be out of school uniform for a day and many came with their Halloween spirit in full force. They were Dressed as Wednesday Adams from the Adams family to a Unicorn when they descended the halls of XUSOM.
With community support from the Do It Center, AMSA was able to purchase a 6-foot Christmas Tree for the Casa Cuna Orphanage to enjoy for years to come. In addition, in part due to the generous support of the student body, AMSA was able to provide everything to decorate the tree, diapers, baby wipes, groceries, and gifts – educational toys, educational supplies and toys. On November 24th, AMSA members took a few hours off from studying and became Santa’s elves and provided some Christmas cheer at Casa Cuna. AMSA members, decorated the tree with the help of the children and delivered the gifts for the children to open on Christmas morning. Bon Pasco. Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays.
-Megan Rivera, AMSA Secretary