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NIH Record - 75th Anniversary - National Institutes of Health

Inn Celebrates Christmas in July

A group photo in front of a large, colorful mural that illustrates the love of books and reading

Santa, with families from the Children’s Inn, in front of a mural celebrating reading at Rio Lakefront

Photo: Children's Inn at NIH

A police officer pushes a child in a grocery cart

Each family was paired with an officer. They were free to roam around the store. The toy and clothing sections proved to be the most popular stops.

Photo: The Children's Inn at NIH

A TV reporter interviews a girl and her father in a Target

Avery and her father, Shawn, are interviewed by FOX 5’s Gwen Tolbart about the inn’s Christmas in July event.

Photo: Children's Inn at NIH

An officer pushes a resident in a grocery cart

Officers from the Montgomery County Police Department helped families shop for presents.

Photo: The Children's Inn at NIH

A group photo featuring families out front of Miss Toya's

Families ate dinner at Miss Toya’s Southern Kitchen, where co-founders Jeffeary and Toya Miskiri hosted the group and provided a buffet meal.

Photo: Children's Inn at NIH

Christmas came early for residents of the Children’s Inn at NIH. On July 19, Santa and his elves—members of the NIH and Montgomery County police departments—escorted two shuttle buses full of residents and their families from NIH to Rio Lakefront in Gaithersburg. 

At Rio, the group visited Target to shop for toys and other gifts. Each family was paired with an officer from Montgomery County. Many residents shopped not only for themselves but also for friends, siblings and other family members. Afterward, the families and officers ate dinner at Miss Toya’s Southern Kitchen.

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