Washington, D.C. – Being in the hospital is definitely no fun and for kids having to go in for medical treatment, it’s not only no fun, but it’s also oftentimes scary and uncomfortable. One thing that definitely helps is getting to pick out a brand new toy when they arrive. Thanks to Kids Wish Network’s Holiday of Hope Gift Bank, hospital visits are getting a lot easier for kids at Georgetown University Hospital. The Gift Bank is an uplifting, gift-giving event that brings cheer to children admitted to the hospital for treatment. The organization is honored to be able to provide toys with a retail value of over $60,000 to the hospital through its unique Holiday of Hope Gift Bank.
This special Gift Bank was delivered to Georgetown by Fed Ex. As always, this amazing company comes through time and time again to make sure that kids all over the country get their toys. And the kids in D.C. couldn’t be happier.
The hospital is also thrilled with the gifts. “The gift bank is AWESOME because we get to share with all the other parts of the hospital that cater to pediatric patients such as radiology, same day surgery, the ER and multiple clinics,” said Linda Kim, Child Life Specialist at Georgetown University Hospital.
As just one of the programs that makes Kids Wish Network different from similar organizations, its Holiday of Hope Gift Bank is a special program created to bring comfort to kids entering the hospital for medical care. The brand new toys and games, donated by some of America’s top toy manufacturers, are distributed to sick youngsters when they arrive to a children’s care facility. The Gift Banks help alleviate fears and anxieties by allowing children to temporarily forget about the stinging needles and uncomfortable procedures often endured while undergoing medical treatment.
For more information on Kids Wish Network’s programs and upcoming events, please visit their website at www.kidswishnetwork.org. If you know of a facility that could benefit from its Holiday of Hope Gift Bank program, please call 727- 937-3600 or toll free at 888-918-9004.
Georgetown Pediatrics is a "Hospital for Children" within one of the nation’s best University Hospitals-Georgetown University Hospital.
Georgetown Pediatrics is proud of its ability to provide cutting-edge pediatric care, high frequency ventilation, brain surgery and bone marrow, liver and small bowel transplantation while maintaining an environment of care that supports an active role of the patients and families in every day care decisions.
Child Life is a program within Georgetown Pediatrics that provides therapeutic play and recreational activities to endure that the child’s time in the hospital does not always feel like the hospital.
Written by Robyn Larson