BROCKVILLE – Hospitals can be scary places for little people, but thanks to the generosity of the local Michaels, in support with Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada, a child’s hospital experience can be much happier. On April 25, Brockville General Hospital (BGH) was the recipient of 25 colourful and crafty backpacks.
In honour of National Volunteer Week in Canada, running April 23-28, Michaels and the Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada have teamed up to deliver these creative backpacks to hospitals across the country, including the Brockville General Volunteer Association . The Association regularly receives backpacks, toys and books from Starlight. Volunteers distribute the parcels to children visiting the emergency department, ambulatory care unit and blood testing labs at the hospital.
The contents of the recent donation include small toys, crafts, and other small toys to keep little hands busy, and smiles on faces.
“We appreciate having access to these wonderful gifts,” shares Liz Rogers the Volunteer Coordinator with the Association. “We have many children using the Hospital’s services, and not every visit is easy for our youngest patients – or their parents. When we see or hear of a child who could use a happy distraction, our volunteers can give them one of these backpacks. Letting a child still be able to play in a hospital makes the place seem a lot less scary.”
Along with the crafty backpacks, Michaels donated dozens of day planners to be shared with the parents of our youngest patients.
About Starlight Children’s Foundation™ Canada
Starlight Children’s Foundation™ Canada is part of Starlight’s global network, serving seriously ill children and their families through partnerships with more than 160 healthcare facilities. Over the past 25 years, Starlight has become a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world. Collaborating with innovators in pediatric healthcare, entertainment and technology, Starlight provides a unique blend of family-centered programs and services from hospital to home.