Kids at Shriners Hospitals for Children-St. Louis smiled and laughed as colorfully costumed members of the Veiled Prophet Organization paraded through the halls one recent weekend.

The annual visit is part of the Maids of Honor Project’s outreach to the community. Mia Brennan, a Villa Duchesne student, was among the group who volunteered to bring some holiday cheer to the hospital’s young patients. “It makes me feel really good to give back to the community,” she says, “and the kids really enjoyed playing with us and seeing us in our funny costumes.”

The visit included a parade, followed by a visit with Santa, milk and cookies and some play time, Mia explains. “We played with the kids, and they all met Santa and we helped them open their presents. It was really fun.”

Mia has a soft spot for helping kids, so the volunteer visit was right up her alley. She also has been involved with preparations for the official Veiled Prophet Parade. “Volunteering (through the VP Foundation) gives me an idea about what I want to do with community service in the future,” she says. “And I really like helping with kids.”

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