CBS 6 Gives


Hospital chaplains surprised with sweet treat

Posted at 9:06 PM, Dec 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-12 21:45:22-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- In an effort to make Christmas brighter for those in the community, CBS 6 and Virginia Credit Union have teamed up to present the Month of Giving.

Every day, a member of the CBS 6 family will be out in the community surprising someone with a holiday gift.

Antoinette Essa recently surprised the chaplains at VCU Health who are among the sometimes unsung heroes working on the front lines during the pandemic.

"We're going to present [the chaplains] with some donuts, because they run around and sometimes they don't have time to eat," Antoinette explained. "We are grateful to the doctors and the medical team, but we're also grateful to you as chaplains, because you're on the front line as well."

Antoinette spent more than three months as a student intern chaplain, so she said she knows firsthand the incredible work they do.

"You get called to all the traumas, to the cold blues, to all the emergencies. You take care of mothers who lose their children, their babies, you take care of families," Antoinette told the group. "And so it is challenging work, and you do it with a smile in your heart and with God on your side, so I just wanted to say thank you."

And a big thank you to all those working in the fight against the coronavirus.

Brightening the community's Christmas season is part of CBS 6's Month of Giving mission. Watch for the CBS 6 Month of Giving each day this December on CBS 6 News and