Toy Story I: First Annual Toy Drive for Utah Valley Regional Medical Center
Published on November 26, 2014 by Karen Newmeyer
Being at a hospital can be scary at any age, but especially for children.
Knowing the needs of the pediatric ward, medical assistant/medical administrative assistant program chair Melissa Urquhart decided to use Medical Assistants Recognition Week to address the needs of children. In addition to the First Annual Toy Drive, there was also a chili cook-off held in October.
Contributions from the Broadview-Orem medical assistant program, students, faculty and staff netted a substantial box of new toys, including:
- Bracelet kits
- Toy cars
- Stuffed animals
The donations were given to the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center pediatrics ward.
Because children process their emotions through play, these donations are used to provide opportunities for the young patients to relieve stress, boost morale and heal faster.
Depending on the item, toys may be put in the play room or given to patients who are isolated due to infection concerns. Items are given to them which they are able to take home. While most are used for in-house patients, some “comfort” items are given to children coming into the emergency room.
Medical assistant student, Brittney Steele, recognizes the importance of their efforts, saying, “To think of what some children have gone through and then to see something as simple as a toy that can help them through is something we take for granted. My eyes have been opened as to how the smallest action can help in a big way.”
For those who wish to contribute, there is no deadline. For a list of needed items and how to donate, please click here.
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