WEST UNION, Ohio – A local doctor is giving back to his patients this holiday season.
Dr. Adam Zeigler, a pediatrician in West Union, dressed as Santa Claus on Friday and presented toys and other goodies to children from the area. The event, called Adam's Angels, was founded by Zeigler.
“We give every kid in the office a piece of paper and ask them what they want for Christmas,” Zeigler said.
Children are then chosen from the pool and get several gifts from Zeigler and volunteers who donate items and/or time.
“We’ve been doing this for four years and each year it’s gotten bigger,” Zeigler said. “This year I think we have about 70 kids and 30 families.”
According to Zeigler, there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes to coordinate the event.
“We have cookies and juice for the kids,” Zeigler’s mother, Billie Barbour said. “Some people from Adam’s office have brought some clothes and a group at one of the schools donated a bunch of mittens and toboggans. There are also a bunch of laundry detergent and bags of personal items.”
May's Lick Christian Church and several people from Zeigler’s office, as well as Zeigler himself, donate to make this program happen.
Zeigler said that he started the program to give back to the community.
“As a physician, I feel like I’m blessed and I just love to give back,” Zeigler said. “One of the main reasons I started is because I have my daughter pick out toys and give some of her toys away. This was one of the ways she likes to give.”
Zeigler said that being able to give back in this way makes the holiday season his favorite time of year.
“There’s nothing better than being able to give,” Zeigler said. “They say that giving is better than receiving and it honestly is. There’s nothing better than these kids and being able to make their Christmas.”