Spending the holidays in the hospital is no fun at all — especially if you’re a kid.
To help bring joy to sick and injured children, Lane Blood Center is collecting new, unwrapped toys for pediatric patients at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend.
Now through Dec. 21, drop a toy in the collection bin in our lobby when you visit the center at 2211 Willamette St. in Eugene. Toys collected this month will be given to children in the Pediatric/Adolescent Care Unit throughout the year.
“A large part of the care we provide to our pediatric patients includes making them feel comfortable during their stay in the hospital,” Pediatric Unit Coordinator Theresa McCormick said.
For many children, especially those too young to understand why they have to stay in the hospital, receiving a toy provides comfort, distraction and even motivation to recover from their illness.
Items must be new and unwrapped, and appropriate for children between the ages of 1 and 18. They may include board games, DVDs, toy cars, video games, books, dolls, stuffed animals, art supplies and more. A toy is given to each patient staying in the Pediatric Unit at Sacred Heart and toys for all age groups are needed. For a list of other drop off sites and more information about this event click here.