Being hospitalized can be an anxious time for patients of any age, but especially for a young child. Frightening thoughts swirl through their minds before they arrive, or begin to meet members of the medical team. Being able to hold and hug a stuffed animal, or travel to far-away magical places in a book or enjoy a toy or game to play with in their room can make such a big difference during their hospital stay.
Sarasota Memorial would like to thank and recognize the following individuals, businesses and organizations donated gifts to our Pediatric Unit to make the holiday season a little brighter for the children hospitalized this year.
• The Kalish Family & Williams Parker law firm – Spending Christmas in the hospital isn’t so bad when Santa pays a visit. On Christmas morning, Mr. Claus (Greg Kalish) and his family of elves delivered toys to ailing children on our Pediatrics Unit
• The Marsh Family and Capstan Financial Consulting Group – for the toy drive they held in November and December. Community members, businesses and friends donated more than 300 games, arts & craft supplies, stuffed animals, blankets, books, dolls, and other toys.
• Hooters in Sarasota donated teddy bears, toys, and crafts.
• Patricia Van Riper of Sarasota donated homemade Christmas cards for each child on Christmas
• Delta Sigma Theta Sorority donated new stuffed animals
• Avis donated new teddy bears
• Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School donated hundreds of toys for Andrew’s Toy Box, which in turn donated them to our Pediatrics Unit and other children’s hospitals.
• Project Linus donated hand-made blankets throughout the year and four large bags of blankets in December.
• The Rev. Robert Drorak donated 11 handmade dolls that were made by Sandy Le Grow of Bradenton.
• Alice Bixler donated toys
• Kay Jewelers donated teddy bears on Christmas Eve.
• Charlie Parkes donated a Dora doll for a patient after hearing on TV and in the newspaper that that was her wish for Christmas.
• Nick and Jill Nichols donated Santa Christmas bears
• Cookies by Design donated cookies for patients and families
• Redington Paul of Bradenton donated gifts and stuffed animals