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2008: Community Club Toy Drive Benefits Patients at CDH
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Community Club Toy Drive Benefits Patients at CDH

WINFIELD, Ill., February 29, 2008 – A toy drive held at a recent Community High School varsity basketball game was a slam dunk for pediatric patients at Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) in Winfield. More than 100 brand-new toys were collected by the West Chicago high school’s Wildcat Booster Club to benefit youngsters treated at outpatient clinics and during longer hospital stays at CDH.

“The variety of toys donated was just amazing,” reports Child Life Coordinator Sara Muller, MS, CCLS, at CDH. “Thanks to the generosity of the Wildcat Booster Club, an entire cart of new toys is now available for children of all ages – board games, handheld games, arts and crafts and stuffed toys, to name a few. We are so grateful because we know just how important toys are to a child coping with hospitalization. Toys provide comfort and a sense of normalcy through difficult procedures, or help them to celebrate special events like birthdays while hospitalized.”

Karen Mills, Wildcat Booster Club President and a Central DuPage Health Foundation board member, spearheaded the drive, which also included an incentive for participants. Each person who donated a new toy received a raffle ticket for a prize drawing that was held during the basketball game’s halftime. The prizes were all donated by Community High School families. “This event exemplified the mission of our Club, which is to foster a sense of unity, camaraderie and sportsmanship in our students,” says Mills.

The toy drive was sparked by the recent, positive experience of a Community High School student, according to Mills. “The student and his family gave glowing reviews about the wonderful compassionate care received during his extensive time in the pediatric unit of CDH last year,” she reports.

Child Life uses donations to help normalize a child’s healthcare experience and offer opportunities for education, self-expression and play. Gifts of cash or donated new toys are gratefully accepted. The toys are distributed to pediatric patients all throughout the year. To make a gift or to arrange a new toy drive for your organization, contact Kurt Wolbrink, Central DuPage Health Foundation, at (630) 933-6989.

Pediatric patients visiting Central DuPage Hospital will find a full range of inpatient services, including a NICU and a PICU staffed by hospitalists, neonatologists and intensivists. In the Pediatric Outpatient Center, patients have access to a wide range of experienced pediatric sub-specialists, including those in cardiology, neurology, otolaryngology, allergy/immunology, hematology/oncology, urology and surgery. Central DuPage Hospital also runs a Pediatric Emergency Department staffed by pediatric emergency physicians during select hours each week.

About Central DuPage Hospital

Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago. The collaboration with Children’s Memorial Hospital provides children in the suburbs west of Chicago access to pediatric and neonatal specialists of Children’s Memorial.

The hospital is part of an interdependent network of healthcare organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. For more information or to find a doctor, call (630) 933-4CDH.

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Amy Jo Steinbruecker