Pediatric patients at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center (HRMC) are the benefactors of a toy drive conducted during the holiday season by Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse and the Salt City Chapter of the Guardians of the Children, an international organization dedicated to children and the prevention of child abuse.
Representatives of the two groups visited HRMC this week to deliver 175 toys, and while at the hospital, took time to visit patients and spread a little Christmas cheer.
Sam White, Assistant Manager of the Hutchinson Lowe’s store, said the donation included games, dolls, stuffed animals and toy trucks.
White said Lowe’s has undertaken a project during each of the past seven years to benefit children hospitalized at HRMC.
Jill White, RN, BSN, Director of Patient Care Services at HRMC, said toys can be an important part of the recovery process for young patients.
“Many children are admitted to the hospital as a result of unexpected circumstances,” White said. “During these times, parents are left to worry about the essentials of what they need to bring to the hospital and toys aren’t necessarily on the priority list.”
“Toys often work as a distraction from IV’s, shots, and medical procedures,” White said. “Kids are busy and constantly on the move, even when they are sick, and toys are one way to keep them occupied and help pass the time during a hospital stay.”
Ken Johnson, President and CEO of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System, said hospitalization may be especially difficult during the holiday season, and in particular, for young children.
“So, it is especially gratifying when a great corporate citizen such as Lowe’s joins forces with Guardians of the Children to assist children who have the misfortune of being hospitalized during the holiday season,” Johnson said. “Thanks to Lowe’s and Guardians of the Children, 175 children will have a more pleasant hospital stay.”
Hutchinson Regional Medical Center is an entity of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System. Other entities are Health-E-Quip, Horizons Mental Health Center, Hospice and Homecare of Reno County and Hutchinson Regional Medical Foundation.