Article from VIHA:
The Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary recently answered the call from Diane Edwards, Child Life Specialist of the Paediatric Department asking for help. Since strict Covid guidelines are in place, financial donations are almost nonexistent and the department is not able to accept physical donations such as stuffed animals from the public for their young patients. Diane said “The department uses the stuffed animals to give to children on the pediatric unit or those who attend for out-patient services (cardiology, oncology, surgery, treatments) to brighten their day or in recognition of a challenging test or procedure they have completed. We might also give a stuffy on a special occasion like a birthday in hospital or a “last treatment” celebration.”
When Margot Hogg, Auxiliary President, heard this she brought the idea of purchasing a year’s supply of stuffed animals to the Auxiliary Executive. The Auxiliary Executive instantly agreed and has since donated hundreds of stuffed animals for the children.
Diane Edwards recently sent these kind words to the Auxiliary, “The child life department and pediatric services are very pleased to be receiving regular donations of small stuffies from the VGH Auxiliary. These stuffies are the perfect thing to comfort a child and bring a smile in difficult times