December 22, 2015
LOWE’S EMPLOYEES AND GUARDIANS OF THE CHILDREN TEAM UP TO COLLECT TOYS FOR CHRISTMAS SEASON
Pediatric patients at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center 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 Hutchinson Regional Medical Center on December 22 to deliver 150 toys as gifts to young children who are hospitalized.
Sam White, Assistant Manager of the Hutchinson Lowe’s store, said the donation included games, dolls, stuffed animals and toy trucks.
White said the Lowe’s toy drive was established in 2010 to benefit children hospitalized at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center.
Julie Ward, RN, MSN, Vice President of Patient Care Services, said hospitalization for young children is difficult at any time of the year, especially during the holiday season.
“Lowe’s and Guardians of the children perform a great service each year with their toy dry which produces a lasting benefit for our young patients and their families,” Ward said.
Jill White, RN, BSN, Director of Patient Care Services at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, 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,” Johnson said. “Thanks to Lowe’s and Guardians of the Children, 150 children will have a more pleasant hospital stay.”
Hutchinson Regional Medical Center is an affiliate of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System. Other affiliates are Health-E-Quip, Ray E. Dillon Living Center, Horizons Mental Health Center, Hospice and Homecare of Reno County and Hutchinson Regional Medical Foundation.
Richard Shank, External Affairs Representative
Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System