Growing up as one of six children, Wally Calderon knew all about hand-me-downs and had his share of meager Christmases. Today, as the local coordinator for the national Toys for Tots program, he gets to ensure a holiday with new presents under the Christmas tree for countless Hall County children.
On Monday, Northeast Georgia Medical Center will become the second hospital in the state where parents can donate their child's umbilical cord blood, a stem-cell-rich tissue once considered medical waste but now proven to treat several life-threatening illnesses.
Last year, one Gainesville family had a simple gift for an American soldier. On a piece of construction paper, they traced their newborn's tiny palms and wrote below them, "Hands reaching out to you and wishing you peace."