Sick Children Being Comforted With Stuffed Animals Donated by Local Schools
Children from Michele’s Montessori School show the new stuffed animals they collected for children receiving care at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland. Victor Hosfeld, M.S., D.A.B.R., chief physicist and radiation safety officer for the Medical Center, visited the children to pick up the stuffed animals and spoke to them about the importance of making children feel comfortable at the hospital.
Children receiving health care testing and treatment at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland are being comforted through stuffed animals donated by other caring children.
Students at Michele’s Montessori School in Midland and at Auburn Elementary School in Auburn each donated numerous stuffed animals to support children receiving care in the Medical Center’s Emergency Department and undergoing outpatient tests.
From neon green dinosaurs to fuzzy brown bears, the stuffed animals not only help reassure the children who receive them but also those who care for and take care of them.
“There is something magical that happens when a child who is hurting receives a stuffed animal,” said Donna J. Rapp, president, MidMichigan Health Foundation. “We not only see comfort in the eyes of the child but hear appreciation in the voices of the parents who are grateful for this kindness. Reducing the anxiety of children undergoing medical care also enables our staff to better concentrate on the immediate medical needs of the child. What a powerful impact these gifts have.”
Children from Auburn Elementary along with their PTO coordinators delivered numerous new stuffed animals for young patients at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland. From back left are Mallory Frisch, R.N., Amanda VanTol, Ashley Nowak, Elizabeth Garchow and Kendra Livesay, R.N. Helping to deliver some of the donated stuffed animals are students Alana Nowak, Evan Garchow and Veronica Nowak.
Those interested in donating new stuffed animals or learning more about other philanthropy opportunities may contact the MidMichigan Health Foundation at (989) 839-1932 or by visiting www.midmichigan.org/donations.